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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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Force the Issue – Parshat Devarim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 19th, 2018
Force the Issue – Parshat Devarim We all have dreams. I am not talking about the nighttime variety, rather, the dreams and fantasies of how life could be. We dream, we plan, we organize ourselves based on our experience, our knowledge of how things work and how we wish them to be. Do our dreams always work out? No. Not always. When they do it's great and we celebrate that event. What do we do, though, if they don’t? Do we give up? Pos …
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REVENGE! - Mattot-Masei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 13th, 2018
REVENGE! – Parshat Mattot-Masei Have you ever felt your heart beating from anger with someone? Or have that sense that you need to get someone back for what they’ve done to you? Mayor Ed Koch of New York City replied to a question about someone who had wronged him: "I don’t get mad. I get even." Revenge is a very human characteristic. We bear grudges and seek new and creative ways to get back at those who've wronged us. It may e …
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Repeat, Say Again and Reiterate – Parshat Pinchas
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 5th, 2018
Repeat, Say Again and Reiterate – Parshat Pinchas In public speaking classes, they discuss the concept of repetition of certain themes which are central to the presentation. They point out the importance of repetition and how to execute it without seeming boring or obnoxious. It helps drive the point home. The Torah, which is usually very stingy with words, retells the story of Korach 3 times - each time in a slightly different manner and …
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Guiding our Life – Parshat Balak
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 26th, 2018
Guiding our Life – Parshat Balak Usually we live life looking forward. We have a daily calendar, a weekly schedule and in business we talk about the 5-year-plan. It is all based on projections made about how we approach our dreams of where we want to be and choices we make about how we wish to live our days. We see this too, in Parshat Balak, when Bilaam blessed the Jewish people, he praised their deaths, "Let me die the death of the straig …
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Snake on the Staff – Parshat Chukat
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 19th, 2018
A Snake on a Staff – Parshat Chukat There are a number of idioms and phrases whose source is unknown and have slithered their way into our language (pun intended…groan). In fact, you can search online for a list of reptilian, bovine, porcine, and general mammalian phrases and idioms. As an amateur etymologist, I find it quite fascinating and have fun with these usages. I find it quite cool that the logo of the American Medical Assoc …
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Dream or Accept Reality – Parshat Korach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 14th, 2018
Dream or Accept Reality – Parshat  Korach We are taught by dreamers to dream and by realists to accept reality. They are both right – we need to dream and we need to accept reality as is. The challenge comes when the dream flies in the face of reality. But don't  dreams always fly in the face of reality? There is a story about Walt Disney's brother who was giving a tour of the about-to-be-opened amusement park, Disneyworld, …
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What if You Can't Find Meaning – Parshat Shelach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 6th, 2018
What if You Can't Find Meaning – Parshat Shelach Occasionally, I will get a client asking me about Dr. Viktor Frankl, the author of Mans's Search for Meaning, and how to find meaning in life. After a few moments they might say, "I've been looking for meaning but find nothing. What now?" Indeed, what now? Give up? Keep searching? What? This is an age-old question. In Parshat Shelach, we read about how the Israelites had been in the desert f …
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Say It to Own It - Parshat Naso
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 25th, 2018
Say It to Own It – Parshat Naso We know that words have power. They can hurt. They can calm. They can comfort and soothe. Words, through the help of certain techniques, can help us to overcome trauma. In recovering from my own heart attack, I shared my story of the events leading up to the hospitalization as they unfolded. I noticed afterwards that I had retold that story a number of times and in varying amounts of detail. Later I understo …
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Count Off! – Parshat Bamidbar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 18th, 2018
Count Off! – Parshat Bamidbar
I was once amazed when a friend of mine studying political science explained different diplomatic terms and how they really meant something different. A window of opportunity is different than a doorway. A road to peace means one thing while a pathway means something else. It is not just personal style or creative speaking.
i have also tried to develop a similar discerning eye when studying Torah bu …
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Don’t Know Why, But… - Parshat Bechukotai
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 11th, 2018
Don’t Know Why, But… - Parshat Bechukotai In creative or professional writing there is always an emphasis on keeping everything in the same tense, person, manner, etc. I have been sent back an article because I wasn’t consistent throughout the article in one or more of these issues. Truth is, despite my being upset that I have to rewrite certain parts, I even agree with the editor. The whole article just looks and feels better …
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