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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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Who is This? Really? – Parshat Shemot
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 17th, 2020
Who is This? Really? – Parshat Shemot People have personal names, surnames, nicknames, childhood names, pet names, and perhaps more as well. We choose which name to use based on the context of where we are, who we are with, what impression I am trying to make, if at all, when it is and why I am meeting this person. Sometimes names are assigned to us. Or numbers (noting the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp this …
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Need for Control – Parshat Vayechi
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 10th, 2020
Need for Control – Parshat Vayechi Famous Viennese psychiatrist, Alfred Adler (1870-1937), declared that the primary motivation of human behavior is the drive for control.1 We grow as children with an inferiority complex, he explained, that we seek to overcome through increased self-confidence and control as we mature. Many people recognize this complex in themselves and can appreciate Adler for his work in sharing this insight with us. Ye …
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Being In the Moment – Parshat Vayigash
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 3rd, 2020
Being In the Moment – Parshat Vayigash I really like New Age ideas. I find them refreshing, or, if not, at least challenging to my way of thinking and believing. Either way it is good. Yet many ideas which seem to be New Age ideas I often find them to have a biblical source. So, too, with the title of this blog – 'being in the moment'. It is a wonderful challenge to be able to put stuff aside and just be. With practice, it becomes eas …
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The Chicken or the Egg or the Chicken…. – Parshat Miketz
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 27th, 2019
The Chicken or the Egg or the Chicken…. – Parshat Miketz This age-old question has at times fascinated me and at times bored me. Similar questions about cause and effect also intrigued me as welll as turned me off. So it was with particular interest that I heard a short lecture about the end of Yosef's imprisonment that reminded me of this question. I had until recently understood that due to Paroh's dreams of the cows and the grain …
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To Tell or Not to Tell – Parshat Vayeshev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 20th, 2019
To Tell or Not to Tell – Parshat Vayeshev Some of the readers may remember about 3 years ago  that I spoke of my heart attack (first night of Chanuka to be exact). I am thankful that, b"h, 3 years later I can talk about it and that I started living a better, healthier life. One of the dilemmas I had was about sharing the news with my heart attack with my elderly, frail mother, z"l. Everyone I spoke with seemed to be in agreement that i …
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What's Your Name? – Parshat Vayishlach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 13th, 2019
What's Your Name? – Parshat Vayishlach There is a radio show which asked me to come as a guest to talk about Dr. Viktor Frankl and logotherapy. In preparation, I listened to some of the programs and heard the host asking the guests the question "who are you?" I thought it was a great question but was concerned as to how I would answer it. Thankfully, he didn’t ask me that question but it is now a question I ask myself occasionally. Wh …
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Just Being There – Parshat Vayeitzei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 6th, 2019
Just Being There – Parshat Vayeitzei We often feel that only grandiose actions really have any impact. People all too often will refrain from reaching out to those in need because they feel they cannot possibly give others all that they need. Sometimes, though, all a person needs is  a friend who will just be there. This week's parsha teaches us, among other things of course, that sometimes, just being there has value in and of itself. …
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The Truth about Lies – Parshat Toledot – Part III
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 29th, 2019
The Truth about Lies – Part III  - Parshat Toledot Have you ever felt a compulsive need to understand something yet it seems beyond you? Or maybe the topic is so complex that apparently you will never really get a grasp on it? I have been trying to get a handle on lying recently and have found that it seems to be beyond my ability. It can be so frustrating! Lying. Is it ever moral? How about to save your life? Or your livelihood? What …
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The Truth About Lies – Part II
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 8th, 2019
The Truth About Lies – Part II* – Parshat Lech Lecha There is a popular saying: "Never meet your idols." Too often you find out that they don’t live up to your expectations of them. When you put them on a pedestal, very often you de-humanize them and in fact take away from their greatness. They are quite fallible and, well, human. The greater they are, the greater the disappointment. What we expect from them is to be metahumans. …
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Cain's Choice – Parshat Bereishit Omni-temporal Man - Part III
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 25th, 2019
Cain's Choice in the Here and Now– Parshat Bereishit Omni-temporal Man - Part III Choice. An empowering word. An intimidating word. It can mean choosing between chocolate and vanilla ice cream or whether or not to marry. It gives us the ability to feel control over our lives yet it can also paralyze us. Cain had a choice.1 In Parshat Bereishit, we read that he was unhappy with God's reaction to his sacrifice but what could he do. Furtherm …
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