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.


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?

Because I Said I Would

The power of a promise.

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.

Paul Reichmann: Millions of Lights

One of the greatest philanthropists of the century passes away.

Going the Extra Degree

Four lessons from the heart by Michael Landsberry, the heroic math teacher who was killed protecting his students in Nevada.

Secrets to Happy Families

Three proven tips to strengthening your family.

Facing Pain

Don’t let your comfort zone make your life small.

How Rebbetzin Heller Changed My Life

In memory of Rabbi Dovid Heller, of blessed memory.

Not Everyone Deserves a Trophy

Real pleasure and self-esteem come through genuine challenge.

A Sukkah Made of Snow

Stranded on a mountain, under the stars, I felt fear and God’s protective love.

9/11 in Jerusalem

Crossing the red lines of the heart.

Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

The shofar’s cry is God calling out my name, looking for me.

The Heroism of Antoinette Tuff

A lesson in speaking from the heart.

I Have a Dream

Where is our dream today?

Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

When danger is everywhere, listen to the siren of the shofar.

Train Crash in Spain

Sometimes our reckless behavior causes life to go off the rails.

Mazel Tov, William and Kate

The royal baby, the future King of England, sure has a lot to live up to. Don't we all?

Terrorist on Rolling Stone Cover

Where is our human decency and compassion?

Tisha B'Av & the Asiana Plane Crash

Sometimes we are blinded by the light.

Paula Deen’s Words

We all make mistakes. It’s our unwillingness to take responsibility for them that ultimately harms us.

Filling the Crevices of the Wall

In the darkness of destruction, we’re reminded of the opportunity to rebuild.

Forever Dad

Even though my parents divorced, my father always played a crucial role in my life.

Discrimination against Fat People

Our society unfairly favors the thin.

NY’s Israeli Day Parade

We gather for one unifying reason: We love Israel.

Oklahoma Tornado

When there are no words, there are tears.

After the Crash

Sometimes life can change in an instant.

Boston Lockdown

Terrorists can’t take away our essential freedom.

Responding to Terror

Four ways to react to the horrific bombings in Boston.

Ride the Crave

Urge surfing and the count to greatness.

Barricades of Prayer

My summer with Israeli soldiers confronted my fear of living.

A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher

Her proudest moment was saving an Austrian Jew.

Passover & the Power of Love

After the tragic death of my rabbi and Rebbetzin, my Passover memories are awash with saltwater tears.

From Homeless to Harvard

Passover is the time to tell your story.

Revisiting Betty Friedan

Breaking free of feminism's constraints.

Dream Footprints

Five famous dreamers and the lessons we can learn from them.

Every Inch Counts

Sometimes one inch can lead to a mile. Purim shows us how.

The Happiness Challenge

Brendan Marrocco lost all four limbs in Iraq. He has a lot to teach us about living with joy.

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