Mothers Have Needs Too!

Allison Gilbert, LMFT, Santa Cruz Counselor Lic: MFC 24087

Jewish Stuff

Books & Articles:

Here's a link to a fantastic ebook for Jewish mothers:

Here's a link to an article written by Jay Litvin that is both touching as well as a grand reminder of how important the job of parenting really is:

Here's a link to an article I wrote about Jewish High Holy Days: http://

On this page of my website: Books, you'll find 3 books I recommend that have a Jewish Theme:
The Rebbe's Army - It's all about Chabad and how they serve the Jewish community.
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee - This is a parenting book written by a Jewish therapist who studied Jewish sources for parenting ideas.
Surrendering to Motherhood - A book written by a high-powered writer/interviewer who through her Jewish learnings, ended up letting go of her career for the more important and satisfying work of caring for her children full-time.


I encourage you to explore or my local group:  I've gained a lot of spiritual understanding and sustenance from Chabad.  Chabad also has a fantastic website where you can search for any spiritual topic you can think of and get tons of articles and videos for your own learning.  Since we've had so many tragedies in our community the past year, I've been encouraging everyone to go to the Chabad website and search on topics such as death, mourning, why do bad things happen, etc.  You'll find a wealth of great info on any spiritual/religious question you might have.  You can subscribe to many different email lists there - as another way to support yourself and your attitude for your important job at home.  My favorite subscriptions are of the Daily Dose, Jewish Parenting, and Jewish Women.  Go to to explore different articles and to subscribe to email lists, click here:

I just got this Daily Dose email in my inbox today and had to share it with you. 


The Typist

To a mother who asked advice on becoming a typist to supplement the family income, the Rebbe wrote:

Don’t become a typist. You are a mother. Type, if you feel you need to in order to support your family. But don’t become a typist.

A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
-words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Menachem Av 18, 5767 * August 2, 2007
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Here's today's Daily Dose for you:  (click the Daily Dose to open it up)

There is the body, the soul, and then there is the essence. If the soul is light, then the essence is the source of light. If the soul is energy, then the essence is the generator. It is not something you have. It is who and what you are.

Whatever we do, we dance around that essence-core, like an orbiting spacecraft unable to land. We can meditate, we can be inspired—but to touch our inner core, the place from whence all this comes, that takes a power from beyond.

That is why there are seasons in life empowered from beyond. Special days and special nights, times of crisis and times of joy that touch the core. At other times, you can step forward. At those times, you can leap into a new form of being.

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