About the Author

Sara Debbie Gutfreund

Sara Debbie Gutfreund received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She has taught parenting classes and self-development seminars and provided adolescent counseling. She writes extensively for many online publications and in published anthologies of Jewish women's writing. She and her husband spent 14 wonderful years raising their five children in Israel, and now live in Blue Ridge Estates in Waterbury, Connecticut, where Sara Debbie enjoys skiing and running in her free time.

Finding Shelter in a Transient World

Six points to think about as you sit in your sukkah.

Ten Ways to Get Up After We Fall

How to keep trying even when we feel stuck.

5 Things to Do During Your First Year of Marriage

How to work on building your marriage every single day.

But I Haven’t Changed All Year!

4 common thoughts that block change before Rosh Hashanah.

8 Ways to Jumpstart Change

Great quotes to inspire personal transformation.

7 Ways to Worry Less

Don’t worry, be happy. 7 great quotes with photos.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.

Infographic: Never Give Up

8 motivating quotes to fire up your day.

Infographic: 8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

Because every parent can use a quick reminder.

Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

A user-friendly guide for men who sometimes have no idea what their wife is really saying.

Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

Life changing values to share with your kids.

Infographic: Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

If these warning signs sound familiar, distance yourself as much as possible.

Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

Print and post on your fridge and read regularly.

Sharing the Gift of Torah

Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life.

Infographic: Seven Ways to Build Confidence

Never give up hope in yourself and in what you can achieve.

Finding Patience

We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.

Six Common Mistakes about Change

How to succeed in changing a habit.

Infographic: Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

A daily regimen for building your spiritual muscles.

Crushing Pain

The Jewish people ache with the Sassoon family. We cannot speak; we have no words.

Infographic: Eight Thoughts Successful People Think Every Day

Extraordinary accomplishments begin with extraordinary thoughts.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

I stared at her beautiful face and held her tiny hand and thought: I have no idea what I’m doing.

Take Off Your Mask

This Purim, remove the four masks we wear and experience true joy.

Five Strategies for Increasing Happiness

It's the time of year to increase your level of joy. Here's how.

Walking 21 Miles to Work

James Robertson’s amazing story that merges faith and determination.

Infographic: 8 Things to Tell Your Children Everyday

Giving your kids the love and confidence they need to embrace life.

8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Spouse

Refraining from saying certain things is just as important as what we say.

7 Inspiring Jewish Quotes

Get motivated to achieve your goals.

Wild: An Adventure in Self-Discovery

Four essentials for facing our deepest selves.

#Je Suis Juif

I am a Jew. Don’t let the Jews of France stand alone.


Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini have created extraordinary lives through adversity.

One Habit Can Change Everything

5 strategies to making resolutions that stick.

Hanukkah’s Last Light

Dispelling five myths that block us from connecting to God.

Top Ten Gifts for Children

The greatest gift we can give our children is to recognize their unique light they can bring to the world.

Top Ten Gifts for Husbands

Skip the new tie. Give your husband the gift he really wants.

Top Ten Gifts Every Wife Wants

This year give your wife the gift she really wants.

From the Four Widows

In the midst of the most horrific nightmare, these righteous women are reaching out to the Jewish world with a message of hope.

Terror in the Synagogue

Gaining some perspective on an unfathomable tragedy.

Living with Courage

Alan Lock was going blind. Here’s how he fought to get through the darkness.

Real Beauty

Three lessons from our matriarch Rachel.

After the Shabbat Project

Three ways to transform inspiration into action.

Holding onto Joy: Celebrating Simchat Torah

Five ways that the Torah brings us joy.

The Sukkah’s Embrace

Rebbetzin Kanievsky & the sheltering sweetness of a mother’s love.

Learning to Forgive

Five ways to let go this Yom Kippur.

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