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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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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
Search for Simple Answers – Parshat Chukat
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 26th, 2020
Search for Simple Answers – Parshat Chukat Wouldn’t it be great if life had simple answers to even the most complex questions? It would be easier to bear the burdens of suffering and anguish. After all, if Despair is, according to Doctor Viktor Frankl, Suffering without Meaning (D=S-M), then if we could assign meaning to our suffering, we would be spared all that despair and anguish.1 We know that stuff happens. Our question is always …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, chukat, suffering, viktor
Feeling Ignored – Parshat Behaalotecha
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 5th, 2020
Feeling Ignored – Parshat Behaalotecha We all want to feel part. Even as a kid, I remember when we were choosing teams, I always wanted to be chosen. I also remember what it was like NOT to be on the team – either team. My parents tried to make sure that my needs weren’t ignored either. But sometimes certain groups are chosen. And others are left behind. Or it could even be being passed over for a promotion at work. It can be a …
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Tags: mindfulness, logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, behaalotecha, behaloscha, ignored, viktor frankl
Mindfulness and Mindful &ndash; Parshat Naso*
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 28th, 2020
Mindfulness and Mindful – Parshat Naso* Mindfulness is one of the big buzz words nowadays. Learning to hear our own selves and our own voices, emotions and wishes is an important part of growth. But has this direction pushed out the concept of being mindful? Has being aware of one's self cancelled the ability to be mindful of others and their needs? How sensitive do we need to be to others in the face of our own needs? The reading of t …
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Tags: mindfulness, logotherapy, naso, meaning, logoparsha, frankl
You can Always Dance – Parshat Bamidbar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 22nd, 2020
You Can Always Dance – Parshat Bamidbar  Much has been written about the challenges facing the human race during this corona episode. We are slowly and hesitatingly coming out of lockdown and seeing if we will be able to retain the lowering of the curve. I certainly join with those praying for the welfare of the entire human race in stemming the outbreak of this virus. These challenges relate to us no matter our socio-economic status, …
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Regaining Lost Worth – Parshat Behar-Bechukotai
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 15th, 2020
Regaining Lost Worth – Parshat Behar-Bechukotai No matter how long the first 8 innings of a baseball game last, or what the score is, there is always a sense of anticipation entering the ninth inning. Will the losing team make a comeback? After all, there have been teams who scored 7 runs in the bottom of the ninth to win a game. There is always a buildup to the end. As Yogi Berra was quoted as saying, "it aint over til its over." The end o …
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