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LogoParsha
Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
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'LogoParsha' is a series of articles on finding meaning in the Parsha. The term Logo is borrowed from logotherapy, a school of psychology founded by Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of 'Man's Search For Meaning'.
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Is Life Really Empty? – Parshat Haazinu
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 25th, 2020
Is Life Really Empty? – Parshat Haazinu We've gone through the past seven months of COVID-19 at times asking ourselves the question of meaning. Some people have lost their livelihood, some have suffered from lingering aftereffects while others have lost family and friends. Is there meaning behind all this? Is it perhaps all meaningless suffering? Throughout the LogoParsha blog, we talk about logotherapy (literally: healing through meaning) …
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Tags: mental health, logotherapy, parsha, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, life task, assignment, purpose, haazinu, emptiness, existential vacuum
A Truly Happy Year - Rosh Hashanah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 22nd, 2020
A Truly Happy Year – Rosh Hashanah  What a year it has been. Sadness, anger, rioting, mourning, politics, division, wildfires and more. Oh, yes….and Corona. To be fair, there have also been weddings, births, promotions and other good things that have happened this year. Rosh Hashanah is considered the yearly Day of Judgment and we pray that the judgment for the coming year will be favorable based on the good things that we and o …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, happy, happiness, corona, rosh hashana
Responsible or "Response-able" – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 11th, 2020
Responsible or "Response-able" – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech I love word games. "Dad jokes" are funny – okay, maybe not, but at least witty. "How do you call a bee that can’t easily make up its mind? A maybe."1 (is that a groan I hear?) I'm lucky, as well, to be interested in a school of human ontology/psychology/existentialism/motivation whose founder liked word play as well. We can even use it in this week's parsha. There may b …
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Tags: mental health, logotherapy, parsha, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, purpose, nitzavim, respnsibility, response-ability
Happy by Choice – Parshat Ki Tavo
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 7th, 2020
Happy by Choice – Parshat Ki Tavo We all want to be happy. You know how I know? From all the ads for programs on how to be happy. And many of them are quite successful. Even the American Declaration of Independence, proclaims the right to pursue happiness as an inalienable right of all humanity. I know I want to be happy. In a negative sense, the Torah describes the importance of happiness. This week's parsha, seems to say that "The Rebuke" …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, choice, ki tavo, ki savo, happy, happiness, imrei emmes
Faithful to Yourself – Parshat Shofetim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 26th, 2020
Faithful to Yourself – Parshat Shofetim   I love reviewing the parsha. I would like to believe that even if there were no requirement to read it every week, I would still do it, but I can't believe that I would. So, I am thankful that Chazal expects us to review the parsha weekly. It also gives me a chance to notice new ways of looking at the content, some of which have quite opened my eyes. A few years back, I wrote about this verse f …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, shofetim, self, authentic
Potential – Parshat Ekev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 7th, 2020
Potential – Parshat Ekev Some people notice everything that goes on around them. Others have a tendency to be so wrapped up in what's going on, they notice less about what is going on. I am somewhere in the middle though with a tendency to notice more than less. So, when I see the following idea expressed by the Netziv, I wonder how come I never saw it before.  The Torah has three mitzvot that include loving - loving God, loving your …
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Frustration – Parshat Vaetchanan
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 31st, 2020
Frustration – Parshat Vaetchanan We all want to feel good all the time. We also know that stuff happens and our sense of stability is threatened. We often try to ignore this knowledge and live our lives "as if". We make plans, we invest time, energy and money based on dreams of how we wish to see our future. There are business plans and personal development programs that encourage us to see a few years down the line and build our present l …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, vaetchanan, vaeschanan, frustration
Untitled – Parshat Devarim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 24th, 2020
Untitled – Parshat Devarim Just a short idea and can't decide on a title. What I've come up with so far, just isn’t quite right. (if you get any ideas, please let me know) The judges, whose appointment is discussed in this week's parsha, are reminded that they should be good, honest and fair judges for, after all, the judgment belongs to God.1 Well, isn’t that kind of obvious? If these judges are dealing with Jewish law, do they …
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Tags: mental health, logotherapy, parsha, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, devarim, life task, assignment, purpose
42 – Parshat Matot-Masei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 18th, 2020
42 – Parshat Matot-Masei No, this is not a blog on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".1 Imagine - there are other times that the number 42 appears. For instance, the only uniform number that is permanently retired in Major League Baseball is the number 42, the number that Jackie Robinson wore. It is also the atomic number of the element Molybdenum. Even so, with a tip of the hat to all Douglas Adams fans, I would like to touch on t …
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Tags: logotherapy, parsha, logoparsha, frankl, 42, tolle, yes to Life, masei
Dilemmas – Parshat Pinchas
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 10th, 2020
Dilemmas – Parshat Pinchas Sometimes I just hate dilemmas. They force me to choose between different options. And some of them aren’t so pleasant. You must have heard of the phrase 'between a rock and a hard place'. Some options are really unpleasant. And when you have two unpleasant options, then you're really going to suffer the choice. Rashi in this week's parsha, Parshat Pinchas alludes to this. Back when the sun and moon were cr …
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Tags: mindfulness, logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, pinchas, dilemmas, choices
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