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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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Don’t Forget Yourself – Parshat Behar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 17th, 2019
Don’t Forget Yourself – Parshat Behar It can be confusing. We hear so much about how important it is to do for others and 'paying it forward' and karma that we tend to believe that our whole existence has no validation in and of itself unless we are totally focused on others with no regard to our own needs. How about my needs and 'looking out for number one'? Isn’t that important too? Or is that too selfish? And isn't it good t …
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Step Up – Pesach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 19th, 2019
Step Up – Pesach There are many mitzvot which in some form are related to our history in Egypt. The purpose of some of those mitzvot is to remember leaving Egypt, others remind us that we were slaves in Egypt, others combine these two ideas - we were slaves and God took us out of Egypt -  while others simply mention that we were on our way out of Egypt.1 Our exile in and exodus from Egypt is apparently so important in buildi …
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Clarifying Roles – Parshat Metzora
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 12th, 2019
Clarifying Roles – Parshat Metzora If someone needs help with charity, they go to a charitable organization. If you need help building a budget you meet with a financial expert. if you're looking for emotional help you seek out a social worker, psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professionals. You might think that with a skin ailment, you would look for a dermatologist or the like. If there is a mold-like growth on your walls …
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Avoiding Leprosy – Parshat Tazria
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 5th, 2019
Avoiding Leprosy – Parshat Tazria I love puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles, number puzzles and more. I try to guess the murderer in murder mysteries. I love a good enigma and am still fascinated by the liar's paradox. (Statement 1: I always lie. Statement 2. I am telling the truth). They get me thinking – even if I don’t know the answer. There are few concepts in the Torah that are more enigmatic than the advent of Tzaraat …
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The Mourning Doesn’t End – Parshat Shemini
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 27th, 2019
The Mourning Doesn’t End – Parshat Shemini As much as we know that mourning, suffering and pain are a part of life, it is never easy to talk about. Though with the advent of "Death Cafes" - specific evenings in pubs and cafes worldwide where people gather to talk about, well, death – discussing death, pain and suffering has become a bit more commonplace, it is still not usually a topic for social gatherings. Does this mean that …
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Work and Work – Part 2 – Parshat Pekudei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 15th, 2019
Work and Work – Part 2 – Parshat Pekudei Synonyms. They can be lovely. They can be irritating. For those among us who are logophiles (lovers of words - though perhaps, also, lovers of meaning and, yes, logotherapy), we love to play with synonyms and look up in the dictionary and thesaurus to see what other possibilities there are. You see, the thesaurus is not just a book to be used when writing papers. It can be a fun book. So, in Pa …
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Work and Work – Part 1- Parshat Vayakhel
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 8th, 2019
Work and Work – Part 1- Parshat Vayakhel There is a concept in social psychology called cognitive dissonance and its sister-concept cognitive consonance.  Leon Festinger, teaching that we strive for psychological consistency, describes a situation in which two people who are friendly do or do not agree about a third party. If they are in agreement, there is cognitive consonance while if they are in disagreement, there will be cognitiv …
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It's Not Fair – Parshat Ki Tissa
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 22nd, 2019
It's Not Fair – Parshat Ki Tissa* When I was growing up, child care was something your mother did and nursery schools weren’t so prevalent. So, I spent my days at home with my mom and she made sure I had everything I needed. But one day, I noticed my older brother was going to school. I don’t think I had any idea what it was but it meant he was going somewhere. I do remember crying about not being allowed to go to school. It was …
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Gonna Do it My Way – Parshat Terumah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 7th, 2019
Gonna Do it My Way – Parshat Terumah Children will often notice when parents repeat stories. Sometimes they will ask the parent to repeat a particular story because of the way it is told or the content itself. There are other times when the kids will roll their eyes when the parent will repeat the same story over and over - this happened recently while sitting shiva for my mom, hk"m, and I was telling over stories about my mother and my ki …
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Against Divine Will? – Parshat Mishpatim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 1st, 2019
Against Divine Will? – Parshat Mishpatim I never stop to wonder at the depth of the Torah and the messages it tries to relate to us – whether in conjunction with logotherapy or not. Sometimes it is confusing, sometimes it is extremely insightful and helpful, and at times it is downright challenging. So it is with great wonder and trepidation I approach the following concept. Even though the Torah uses its words sparingly, at least tw …
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