About the Author


Debbie Gutfreund

Debbie Gutfreund is a marriage and family therapist and a writer. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. In her free time, Debbie is a marathon runner and an avid swimmer. She currently lives with her husband and children in Boca Raton, Florida.


Bar Mitzvah of an 89-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

Delayed by the Nazis, Harold Katz is the first person to read from the Torah Scroll he has dedicated.

Learning to Receive

Sometimes it takes more courage to receive than to give.

Dear Guilt: A Mother’s Day Letter Every Mother Needs to Read

Ever since my first child was born you’ve been undermining my confidence. Enough is enough.

Embracing Change in Marriage

How my husband and I learned to stop being scared of change in our relationship.

Falling in Love with Israel

4 personal reasons why I’m grateful for Israel.

An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

My heartfelt tribute to the dedicated and brave soldiers who defend our people.

Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

Especially the handprint on the fridge.

The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

And the three myths that prevent us from attaining it.

My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

Because every moment is a chance to grow.

The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

It only takes five seconds to change your life.

Queen Esther: Five Lessons in Personal Transformation

Queen Esther shows us how to overcome our obstacles and move forward, despite our fears.

Seven Common Myths about Marriage

These unrealistic expectations can wreak havoc in your marriage.

Marshall’s Mid-Life Crisis

Top five lessons from a quora post that went viral.

Warren Buffett’s Gems of Wisdom

Want to know what’s in Warren Buffet’s daily planner?

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.

When Isaac Lidsky went Blind

The child actor 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.

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