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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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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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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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