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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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"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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It Really is Up to Us – Parshat Shelach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 21st, 2019
It Really is Up to Us – Parshat Shelach Having just returned from the 22nd World Congress on Logotherapy, I am excited about all that I learned, the people I met and the topics presented. The meeting of minds and challenging each other to achieve greater understanding, even when agreeing on the basic premise, was exciting. It is no surprise, then, that it took almost no time to find an outstanding search for meaning in this week's pars …
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Meaninglessness as a Curse – Parshat Bechukotai
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 24th, 2019
Meaninglessness as a Curse – Parshat Bechukotai I've been writing this blog for almost 5 years. I am not surprised that I have been able to successfully find* meaning hints in every parsha a few times over.1 What is surprising is that it is sometimes so blatant that it cannot be ignored. The Torah values meaning in life. It exhorts you to find meaning and live by it2 and it does not tolerate when you deter others from their meaning.3 Howeve …
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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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