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.


Super Bowl 2017: Meet the Two Jewish Owners

They both know the importance of being a mensch on and off the field.

Steven Spielberg’s Jewish Roots

“Because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.”

Knocked Out by the Flu

Unable to get up from my bed I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth: I am not in control.

The Power of Gazing at the Stars

In a miff? Sometimes all you have to do is look up.

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.

Mindset: Ten Transformative Quotes on Teaching Children to Grow

How to instill real confidence and embrace failure as part of the learning process.

Seeing Beyond Our Fears

When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.

Awesome Jars: A Transformational Tool for your Family

Instilling the art of acknowledging the good into your home.

Six Questions to Empower Yourself

A tool to help you stop blaming and take personal responsibility for your life.

10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

Just for today I am going to recognize the light instead of the dark, the love instead of the hate.

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

My grueling workouts have shown me how to surpass my internal limitations.

Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Date

Great conversation starters you can use on a date.

75 Torah Scrolls Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers

The joy of Simchat Torah: every letter counts.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Without Hands and Feet

Kyle Maynard’s courage to live with no excuses demonstrates the sukkah mindset.

The Bodyguard at My Door

When my mother received a death threat, I got an unusual wakeup call.

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

A powerful exercise everyone should do to prepare for the High Holidays.

My Slingshot Ride

Catapulting 240 feet into the air made me rethink what is truly possible.

How to Confront Your Mistakes and Try Again

Don’t allow yesterday's mistakes to limit tomorrow's possibilities.

Your First Day of School

Six quick lessons I'm sharing with my children.

Near Death

Remembering that the small things aren’t so small.

When Breath Becomes Air

Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.

Six Ways for Couples to Grow Together

Best practices for continued growth in marriage.

5 Life Lessons I Learned from My Teenagers

My teen kids have been at sleepover camp for one week and I actually miss them to pieces.

The Terrorist Attack in France

It seems that nowhere is safe. How do we live in these times of uncertainty?

Living on the Frontlines of Terror

These people are risking their lives to fight for our right to live in the Jewish homeland.

Ninja Rabbi

Akiva Neuman uses the same skills in training to be a rabbi to compete on American Ninja Warrior.

Because My Father Believes in Me

My dad was there at 3 AM helping me train for the Boston marathon. He was there when I crossed the finish line too.

We’re Not Doing God Any Favors

All this time that I thought I was giving I was really receiving.

Thank You Israel

My top seven gifts I’ve received from my beloved homeland.

18 Things I'm Letting Go for My Marriage

In honor of our 18th anniversary, here’s what I’ve learned to leave behind to have a great marriage.

The Most Important Message Graduates Need to Hear

It’s not the most talented who succeed. It’s those who never stop trying.

Remembering Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni

Liel was 20 years old when he was killed in a firefight with terrorists who emerged from a tunnel in Gaza.

Running Away from Egypt

How to leave your narrow place and transform your life.

Being Curious About People

4 tips on how to learn from every person.

Live Out of the Box

How to see life’s immense possibilities within the world and within ourselves.

For This Moment

Like Queen Esther, we can channel our pain towards greatness.

Seven Habits for Happiness

Simple, practical tips to increase your happiness today.

Amazing Ideas for Parenting Teens

Love them like you are running out of time, because you are.

Five Habits of Happy People

We can train our minds to be positive just like we can train our bodies to be in shape. Here’s how.

4 Defining Moments of Parenting

Treasuring the gift of our children.

Henry Worsley & Risking It All

The British explorer died attempting to cross the Antarctic unaided. Was it worth it?

Infographic: Grow like the Trees

6 lessons in honor of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees.

Facing Life’s Big Questions

My daughters are asking questions that Google can’t answer.

7 Ways to Build Your Teens’ Confidence

How you can help your children believe in themselves.

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