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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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Alone in Suffering? – Parshat Reeh
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 17th, 2017
Alone in Suffering? – Parshat Reeh One of the most unusual side effects of going through any kind of emotional distress is the sense that others don’t understand what you're going through and the ensuing sense of loneliness. That sense of loneliness is very profound and can often be even greater than the original distress itself. This concept is noted in this week's parsha, Parshat Reeh. After discussing different kinds of crimes …
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Is Gratitude all that it's Cranked up to Be? – Parshat Ekev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 7th, 2017
Is Gratitude all that it's Cranked up to Be? – Parshat Ekev As little kids most of us were taught the "magic" words – please, thank you and excuse me. We were taught that these words helped us somehow. Mostly we knew it got us what we wanted – the toy, a smile, good grace. Beyond that, there was no value to these words. Yet, in this week's parsha, Parshat Ekev, we find the Torah actually commanding us to bless God after each me …
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in All your 'Veriness' - Parshat Vaetchanan
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 3rd, 2017
In All your 'Veriness' – Parshat Vaetchanan I love words. I love playing with them and seeing different ways how to use them. Even at the Shabbos table, I have taken out a dictionary to see with my family what a word means and how it is used. So when I see a word that is used with care I take notice. Similarly, when the Torah uses a word sparingly, I notice it and try to figure out what it means, what it's doing here, etc. Such a word is in …
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Sight or Vision – Parshat Devarim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 25th, 2017
Sight or Vision – Parshat Devarim I like word games. Sometimes comparing synonyms like sight and vision is fun. I compare different sayings with these words or different usages and play around with them a bit or try new ways of using it with friends and enjoy the light repartee. I even show off how many other synonyms I know (without using a thesaurus or checking online). Philology can be fun. It becomes really fun when you start …
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Power of You! - Parshat Mattot-Masei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 18th, 2017
Power of You! – Parshat Mattot-Masei We all know that we need to watch what we say. Words can hurt. Words have power. Yet we always seem to talk about the negative consequences of speech. The focus is on the mistake, the misspoken word, or the ill-timed joke. Do we have a real appreciation for the power of speech? In this week's parsha, Parshat Mattot-Masei, Rashi points out to us the additional, seemingly unnecessary wording in the verse. …
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Escape Your Genes – Parshat Pinchas
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 11th, 2017
Escape Your Genes – Parshat Pinchas It can be quite touching when you see a TV show where the parent and the grown child act alongside one another as parent and child. I remember noting it on Mission Impossible.1 This has also happened in the movies and on TV. It also happens in the corporate world as well as in the yeshivah and Chassidic worlds. Yet it seems that even more often children don’t follow exactly in their parents' footst …
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Living a Paradox - Parshat Chukat
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 28th, 2017
 Living a Paradox - Parshat Chukat There's some things that I just don’t get. It took me a while to learn to say that. I used to think I understand, or at least was capable of understanding, everything. Then I learned that even though I don’t understand stuff, I still try and figure it out. "Isn’t that a waste of time?" I thought. You don’t get it so just accept it. So there were times I did. And there were times that …
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Get Involved - Parshat Korach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 20th, 2017
Get Involved - Parshat Korach Very often, the boss will send someone else to do his 'dirty work'. I write this not from a place of looking down on bosses. They need to find efficient ways to get things done.  If a boss were to perform all the tasks at the office, he wouldn’t be able to find time to do his own job. Yet, we find that in this week's parsha, Parshat Korach, Moshe told Aharon, the High Priest, to do the dirty work. There wa …
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What do We do Now? – Parshat Shelach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 13th, 2017
What do We do Now? – Parshat Shelach   Where do we pick up the pieces? Stuff happens to us throughout our lives. Some of it is good. Some of it isn’t. The parts that are good give us joy and the strength to do more. The stuff that isn’t has the capability of sapping our strength, draining our energy, sending us reeling into depression, making us feel stuck and even preventing us from being motivated to do anything. This mus …
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Which Path to Take? – Parshat Naso
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 1st, 2017
Which Path to Take? – Parshat Naso When Alice was in Wonderland and she wasn’t sure which path to take, she asked the Cheshire cat which way she ought to go. The cat asked her where she wanted to go. Her answer was "somewhere". The cat's famous answer was that as long as you're moving, you'll get somewhere.1 In this week's parsha, Parshat Naso, we read that the Nazir, the ascete, needs to bring a sin offering when he comes into conta …
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