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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 Right Order – Parshat Toledot
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 9th, 2018
The Right Order – Parshat Toledot When you tell a story, you are expected to tell it chronologically correct. We would almost always start a story with the phrase 'once upon a time' and almost never with the words 'and they lived happily ever after'. Yet there seems to be a bit of confusion here. In Parshat Toledot we read that Yitzchak planted and reaped a hundredfold of what was expected. So far, so good. But only then does it s …
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The Importance of Being a Servant – Parshat Chayei Sarah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 2nd, 2018
The Importance of Being a Servant – Parshat Chayei Sara First there was the importance of being – based on the famous saying by French philosopher, Rene Descartes, "I think therefore, I am." He further explained, "we cannot doubt our existence." It is important to be and to be aware of being. Then there was "The Importance of Being Earnest", a comedy written by Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. But before all that there was "The Importance o …
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Looking Out for Number One – Parshat Vayeira
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 26th, 2018
Looking Out for Number One – Parshat Vayeira We are number one. We need to look out for number one. There was even a book that came out in the fifties with the title 'Looking out for #1'. In a recent edition, the writer points out that each of us has a "moral right to take actions aimed at giving (ourselves) the greatest amount of pleasure and the least amount of pain"1 as long as we don’t bring harm to others. This is certainly …
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Staying the Course – Parshat Lech Lecha
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 18th, 2018
Staying the Course – Parshat Lech Lecha How many people do you know (not you of course) who have made New Year's resolutions or Rosh HaShana resolutions and not kept them for at least one year? You're in good (?) company - well, at any rate, at least you're not alone. According to a recent survey, only about 12% of people kept resolutions that they made the previous New Year.1 So what happens with the rest - do they just give up on res …
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These Are The Tales - Parshat Noach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 14th, 2018
These Are The Voyages - Parshat Noach One of the most famous introductions in American culture starts with the words, "Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, whose 5 year mission is to….boldly go where no man has gone before."1 In introducing this starship, we do not repeat its name rather we go into an explanation of its significance. This would seem the correct and appropriate way to introduce anyon …
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Time Out – Parshat Bereishit
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 5th, 2018
Time Out – Parshat Bereishit There are concepts that seem so natural to us that we wouldn’t ordinarily think that someone had to think of it. I don’t mean theoretical advances which then led to technological accomplishments in different fields like transportation, communication and medicine. Those have made an impact and it would be easy to trace their impact on the lives of individuals and the society as a whole. I mean someth …
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Present Yourself – Parshat Vezot Haberacha
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 30th, 2018
Present Yourself – Parshat Vezot Haberacha A popular trivia question in The Diaspora1 is: Which Torah portion in never read on Shabbat.2 The answer, is Vezot Haberacha, this week's parsha and the final parsha in the Torah. Yet, it is important that it is read on the Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. Rabbi Joseph Soloveichik, affectionately known as The Rav, explains the appropriateness of reading this portion on this day. He beautifully compa …
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Why? - Parshat Nitzavim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 7th, 2018
Why? - Parshat Nitzavim There is an apocryphal story about a final exam in an advanced philosophy course. The students who studied long and hard for this test were perplexed to find that there was but one question on the test page and the question had but one word: "WHY?" Many of the students labored for hours thinking and writing their answers. There was one student however, who handed in his test after a few minutes. The teacher was both astou …
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Even a Therapist Hurts - Parshat Ki Tavo
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 31st, 2018
Even a Therapist Hurts – Parshat Ki Tavo I remember the first time I noticed a certain incongruity about doctors. It was way back in the 60's or maybe early 70's. My appointment with the doctor was cancelled. What was the reason? You guessed it - she was ill. Huh? Doctors don’t get sick, I thought. Uh, hello?  Maybe they do. This issue came up for me a few years back on a personal level when a neighbor's son was killed in the Sec …
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Juxtaposition – Parshat Ekev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 3rd, 2018
Juxtaposition – Parshat Ekev I love this word. I love the way it sounds, what it means and even just saying it. It is simply a cool word. In Hebrew exegesis, this term is called 'semichut', meaning adjacency (is there such a word?). It is used to derive legal precepts,  philosophical principles and moral behavior. It is famously used in this week's parsha, Parshat Ekev. The Gemara notes that when throughout Tanach we find a descriptio …
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