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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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OVERWHELMED – Parshat Vaeira
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 4th, 2019
OVERWHELMED – Parshat Vaeira Being overwhelmed is not pleasant. I have experienced it - even recently. This feeling of something being too big for me to handle is, among other things, scary, full of anxiety, fear of the unknown, and feeling crushed by the weight of the situation while simultaneously wanting to explode. It can even feel threatening. It was with surprise though that this year I finally began to understand the following episod …
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What's it all About? – Parshat Shemot
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 28th, 2018
What's it all About? – Parshat Shemot There are some situations when questions seem to be begging to be asked. Yet I don’t always notice the obvious question until someone else points it out. And then it can make me feel anything from surprisingly un-observant to downright foolish. So, when my brother-in-law pointed out the following explanation in this week's parsha I said 'wow, how come I never noticed that before.' And then this y …
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When Will it Ever End? – Parshat Miketz
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 5th, 2018
When Will it Ever End? – Parshat Miketz We go through life looking to enjoy its benefits. We cannot simply search out those benefits and live a life of only pleasure. Even if we are successful, that will almost usually lead to a life of existential vacuum. But there is a 'will to joy' that we all share as humans.1 Most of us will have experienced joy at some point in our lives. And most of us will want to experience it more. This will to jo …
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When Your Best Isn't Good Enough - Parshat Vayeshev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 28th, 2018
When Your Best Isn't Good Enough - Parshat Vayeshev Have you ever experienced this kind of situation that no matter how hard you try, things just aren’t going the way they should? And has this ever led to a feeling of angst, despair or frustration? I know I have. And it isn’t always pleasant either. So when I read the sub-plot of Reuven in this week's parsha, I could barely begin to imagine his suffering. After Yosef's brothers agreed …
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The Struggle Against the Unknown* – Parshat Vayishlach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 23rd, 2018
The Struggle Against the Unknown* – Parshat Vayishlach We have all struggled at some point in our lives. Some of us may even be facing a struggle now. Some struggles have been great while some have been minor. A few of them may have been long-lasting and others were over quickly. We may even be able to point out at some later time what we gained from the struggle or maybe we can't. But we have all been there. In one of the most mysterious p …
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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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