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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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The Truth About Lies – Part II
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 8th, 2019
The Truth About Lies – Part II* – Parshat Lech Lecha There is a popular saying: "Never meet your idols." Too often you find out that they don’t live up to your expectations of them. When you put them on a pedestal, very often you de-humanize them and in fact take away from their greatness. They are quite fallible and, well, human. The greater they are, the greater the disappointment. What we expect from them is to be metahumans. …
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Cain's Choice – Parshat Bereishit Omni-temporal Man - Part III
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 25th, 2019
Cain's Choice in the Here and Now– Parshat Bereishit Omni-temporal Man - Part III Choice. An empowering word. An intimidating word. It can mean choosing between chocolate and vanilla ice cream or whether or not to marry. It gives us the ability to feel control over our lives yet it can also paralyze us. Cain had a choice.1 In Parshat Bereishit, we read that he was unhappy with God's reaction to his sacrifice but what could he do. Furtherm …
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How we Prepare for the Future – Parshat Vezot Haberacha Omni-temporal Man Part II
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 18th, 2019
How we Prepare for the Future – Parshat Vezot Haberacha Omni-temporal Man Part II We all live for the future. We all plan for the future. We all make assumptions about the future. On some level we are constantly living our future and making guesses about what will happen – some of those guesses will be educated and some will be like a shot in the dark. The one thing in common is that our minds imagine what the future will be. There ar …
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Dealing with the Past – Parshat Haazinu Omni-temporal Man - Part 1
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 11th, 2019
Dealing with the Past – Parshat Haazinu Omni-temporal Man - Part 1 Finding a title for each blog has become a fun part of the challenge of writing a blog. It should catch the eye while reflecting at least a bit of what the content will be. When I decided on the topic of this blog, I started thinking of a catchy title. It must refer somehow to the past. I decided to try a paradoxical/rhetorical approach and for the first time I searched for …
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Hiding the Meaning - Parshat Vayelech//Yom Kippur
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 8th, 2019
Hiding the Meaning – Parshat Vayelech/Yom Kippur Central to logotherapy, the school of psychology this blog most relates to, is the concept that Man's most basic motivation is to find meaning in his life. "Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives,"1 says Dr. Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy. Lacking meaning in his life, Man can feel …
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Circumcise your….Heart – Parshat Nitzavim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 27th, 2019
Circumcise your….Heart – Parshat Nitzavim Shock treatment is a tool rarely used in education. Being aware of the students' emotional state when trying to teach or discipline is expected even from the beginning teacher. If the teacher is at all concerned about causing any emotional trauma, they are expected to exercise caution. The Torah can be very creative and illustrative.1 We find this week's parsha to be an example of that. "And …
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Appreciate-Your-Grocer--Parshat Ki-Tavo
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 17th, 2019
Appreciate Your Grocer – Parshat Ki Tavo I am sometimes astounded by what is 'hiding in plain sight'. (Through a quick search on the internet, I found at least three different books with that title.) I remember the first time I learned the concept with the "watch test".* And I am surprised time and again how I get caught overlooking these things. So it was with a passage in this week's parsha, Parshat Ki Tavo. I have read and reread the sa …
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Multifaceted Mourning – Parshat Devarim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 8th, 2019
Multifaceted Mourning – Parshat Devarim The word mourning usually conjures up sadness, grief, depression, loneliness and other feelings which are unpleasant (I don’t like to call feelings 'bad' – but that’s for another blog). The period of mourning also brings up memories. Those memories will be pleasant, bitter, bittersweet or even neutral. Each period of mourning will be different for different people – even withi …
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Numbers…Numbers…Numbers – Parshat Pinchas
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 18th, 2019
Numbers…Numbers…Numbers – Parshat Pinchas 100,000. Its just a number. So are 7, 613, 3.14159, and 17. Yet each  (99,998) of these numbers have special significance in their own context.1 What is significant about 100,000? For me, today, it is a personal connection. As I write these lines, I am privileged to be approaching a plateau of 100,000 people who have come in to read this blog over the years. (99,999). It is a …
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"He Ain't Heavy…" – Parshat Balak
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 11th, 2019
"He Ain't Heavy…"* – Parshat Balak "He Ain't Heavy…He's my brother". These are famous lyrics from a 1969 song by The Hollies. The tale is told of a young Scottish girl carrying a young boy and obviously laboring under his weight. When a minister saw her along the way and asked her if it was too much for her to carry, she reportedly answered: "He ain't heavy, Mr. He's my brother." This beautiful song has been the anthem and the …
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