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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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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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From Tragedy to Rebuild Or From Chazon to Nachamu – Parshat Vaetchanan
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 27th, 2018
From Tragedy to Rebuild – Parshat Vaetchanan Or From Chazon to Nachamu We go through many events in life. Some pleasant. Some not. Those which are pleasant we enjoy, we photograph, we experience, laugh and appreciate the experience. We look back nostalgically at these events. There is a prevailing sense that all is good at that moment. We are quite happy to 'live the moment'.1 There are other events which are less pleasant. They cause pai …
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Force the Issue – Parshat Devarim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 19th, 2018
Force the Issue – Parshat Devarim We all have dreams. I am not talking about the nighttime variety, rather, the dreams and fantasies of how life could be. We dream, we plan, we organize ourselves based on our experience, our knowledge of how things work and how we wish them to be. Do our dreams always work out? No. Not always. When they do it's great and we celebrate that event. What do we do, though, if they don’t? Do we give up? Pos …
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REVENGE! - Mattot-Masei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 13th, 2018
REVENGE! – Parshat Mattot-Masei Have you ever felt your heart beating from anger with someone? Or have that sense that you need to get someone back for what they’ve done to you? Mayor Ed Koch of New York City replied to a question about someone who had wronged him: "I don’t get mad. I get even." Revenge is a very human characteristic. We bear grudges and seek new and creative ways to get back at those who've wronged us. It may e …
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Repeat, Say Again and Reiterate – Parshat Pinchas
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 5th, 2018
Repeat, Say Again and Reiterate – Parshat Pinchas In public speaking classes, they discuss the concept of repetition of certain themes which are central to the presentation. They point out the importance of repetition and how to execute it without seeming boring or obnoxious. It helps drive the point home. The Torah, which is usually very stingy with words, retells the story of Korach 3 times - each time in a slightly different manner and …
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Guiding our Life – Parshat Balak
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 26th, 2018
Guiding our Life – Parshat Balak Usually we live life looking forward. We have a daily calendar, a weekly schedule and in business we talk about the 5-year-plan. It is all based on projections made about how we approach our dreams of where we want to be and choices we make about how we wish to live our days. We see this too, in Parshat Balak, when Bilaam blessed the Jewish people, he praised their deaths, "Let me die the death of the straig …
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Snake on the Staff – Parshat Chukat
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 19th, 2018
A Snake on a Staff – Parshat Chukat There are a number of idioms and phrases whose source is unknown and have slithered their way into our language (pun intended…groan). In fact, you can search online for a list of reptilian, bovine, porcine, and general mammalian phrases and idioms. As an amateur etymologist, I find it quite fascinating and have fun with these usages. I find it quite cool that the logo of the American Medical Assoc …
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Dream or Accept Reality – Parshat Korach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 14th, 2018
Dream or Accept Reality – Parshat  Korach We are taught by dreamers to dream and by realists to accept reality. They are both right – we need to dream and we need to accept reality as is. The challenge comes when the dream flies in the face of reality. But don't  dreams always fly in the face of reality? There is a story about Walt Disney's brother who was giving a tour of the about-to-be-opened amusement park, Disneyworld, …
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