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.

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 Hanukkah Gifts for Husbands

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

Top Ten Hanukkah 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.

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.

No Excuses

A letter to the woman who cycled 26.2 miles using only her arms.

Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?

She used her acerbic wit to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

My Personal Rope Challenge

Despite the intense fear, I yearned to know that I could climb beyond my limits.

Elul: The Secret to Change

When you don’t know where to begin, start here.

Saying Thank You to Israeli Soldiers

Our Israel Solidarity mission visits the wounded and attends heartbreaking funerals.

A Land Devoid of Peace

In Israel on a solidarity mission, the mourning is palpable.

Four Ways to Deal with Suffering

On rebuilding the shattered pieces.

No More Apologies

I am sick of apologizing for Israel when it is Israel that really deserves an apology.

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.

Tears and Shattered Prayers

An open letter to the three boys.

Faith in Times of Darkness

Five ways to hold onto the power of faith.

Four Excuses That Hold Us Back

You do have time and who cares about what people will think.

Five Huge Mistakes People Make in Marriage

Even the best marriages require ongoing nurturing.

Catch Me

Four ways Torah transforms my life.

Four Questions for Graduation Day

How to find a sense of satisfaction when you never reach the finish line.

Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

Appreciating the gifts our children have already given us.

A Letter to the Fallen Israeli Soldier

The words are inadequate, but we thank you.

Passover: Going Home Again

Coming together as families and as a nation to remember our shared history.

More Than We Want to Breathe

Embracing the spiritual opportunity of the Jewish month of Nissan and Passover.

The Runner who Must Fall

Post-Purim inspiration from a marathon runner with M.S. whose legs go numb when she runs.

12 Years a Slave & Esther

Like Solomon Northup, Esther could not reveal her true identity.

WhatsApp and the Joy of Adar

From penniless immigrant to billionaire, Jan Koum’s fortune captures the joy of possibility.

Olympics of the Soul

The gold medalist freestyle skier and his brother who has cerebral palsy are both champions.

All I See Is Kindness

Would you give your home to a needy family?

Broken Hand, Opened Heart

Control freaks like me have a hard time asking for help.

The Death of Ariel Sharon

I didn’t know how deep Sharon’s love was for Israel and the Jewish people.

Romney's Grandchild

We all yearn to belong. And it takes so very little to make someone feel that they don’t.

New York Post’s Shameful Cover

The headline shows a frightening disregard for the value of human life.

A Letter to My Body

I love and respect you, but I don’t want my life to revolve around you.

Being Jewish on Christmas

Amidst all the talk about eggnog, I realized the special blessing of Shabbat.

Three Days at the Bottom of the Ocean

As Hanukkah fades, keep the light of miracles in your life.

Four Ways to Manage Fear

Don’t let your fear hold you back.

Three Ways to Give Thanks this Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a special time for us to say thank You for all the little and big miracles in our lives.

Swastikas in New York

Jewish students face ongoing anti-Semitism and no one is doing anything about it.

Partly Jewish?

Most children raised in interfaith families lack the tools and knowledge to make informed choices.

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