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.

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 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.

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