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  • The most important message graduates need to hear

    Debbie Gutfreund, Aish Hatorah Resources|Jun 4, 2021

    It’s not the most talented who succeed. It’s those who never stop trying. Congratulations graduates! I remember being where you are today and looking out across the future, which seemed unlimited in its possibilities. I thought I knew so much about life back then. I thought my skills and my knowledge had prepared me for life. But my degree only taught me how to succeed. It didn’t teach me how to fail and learn from pain itself. We try to run from pain and wish it away. But it finds us no matter where or who we are. We’ve all had moments...

  • Taylor Swift's new song as a Jewish guide to forgiveness

    Sara Debbie Gutfreund, Aish Hatorah Resources|Sep 8, 2017

    Taylor Swift’s newest, record-breaking single “Look What You Made Me Do” is eliciting both shock and questions from her fans and her critics. What do the dark lyrics mean? What is she trying to say? Many critics of Swift’s vengeful-laced song are surprised by her rage and hatred of others, but Taylor’s deepest hatred is directed at herself. In one of the saddest lines of the song she writes: “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh ‘cause she’s dead.” In some ways her new release is oddly timely. With a few we...

  • After the Shabbat Project, what's next?

    Sara Debbie Gutfreund, Aish Hatorah Resources|Nov 14, 2014

    “I sat at their table, and it changed my life,” I told the woman sitting next to me on the plane. I was flying back from a summer spent in Israel, and I was overflowing with inspiration. You should have seen the beauty of the candles reflected on the Jerusalem stone wall. You should have seen the warmth between the husband and wife. The beautiful, pure faces of all those children. The aroma of fresh challah. The songs that danced and wove their way into the starlit night. My seatmate looked unimpressed. She gave me a half smile and downed the...

  • No more apologies

    Sara Debbie Gutfreund, Aish Hatorah Resources|Aug 8, 2014

    I am sick of apologizing for Israel when it is Israel that really deserves an apology. I am sick of apologizing for Israel’s right to defend itself. I am sick of the word “ceasefire” when all that really means is “time for Hamas to build more rockets” while we stand by helplessly. I am sick of the UN calling this an Israeli-Palestinian War when all along it’s clearly been a prolonged terrorist attack that the IDF is courageously trying to stop. I’m sick of people criticizing Israel for killing innocent people when they have done more than any...