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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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Keep a Clear Head – Parshat Miketz
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 12th, 2017
Keep a Clear Head – Parshat Miketz Don’t you just love when people tell you to keep a clear head when you are in the middle of a crisis? Don’t they realize that you may be turning to them for advice because it is hard to retain proportion? To be fair, most people in fact don’t realize it and for them it seems the most logical advice to offer. The funny thing is we may even know that they are right. But because of the crisi …
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How do You Know? – Parshat Vayeshev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 8th, 2017
How do You Know? – Parshat Vayeshev Y'know those times when you're not really sure what to do? You gotta take matters into your own hands. It seems to be the most natural and obvious solution. But wait, don’t I have to trust in God? Yeah, but you can't rely on miracles. So which is it? How do you know? In one of the most difficult rebukes of Yoseph's behavior, Rashi takes Yoseph to task for not trusting enough in God. At the very end …
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The Struggle Against the Unknown – Parshat Vayishlach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 30th, 2017
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 some have been minor. A few of them may have been long-lasting while others were over quickly. Maybe we can even point out what we gained from the struggle, maybe we can't. But we have all been there. In one of the most mysterious passages in all of the Torah, th …
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The First Thanksgiving – Parshat Vayeitzei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 23rd, 2017
The First Thanksgiving – Parshat Vayeitzei We have spoken in past blogs of the magic words of 'please', 'sorry' and 'thank you'. We can agree on the potential importance of these words in creating a more pleasant, humane society. All languages that I checked in the online translator have a word for thank you. Even Esperanto has a word for thank you. That’s why it's so fascinating that Leah is considered the first one to give thanks to …
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Existential Angst - Parshat Toledot
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 17th, 2017
Existential Angst - Parshat Toledot There are times in everyone's life when things don’t go as planned. One may even feel they are suffering. It may be a one-time event or it may be chronic. How do we get out of that funk? Do we need to wait until the situation clears up or is there something that can be done now? Is there in fact an answer to these questions? We find a similar question being asked by Esav in this week's parsha, Parshat Tol …
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Take a Break – Parshat Chayei Sarah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
November 6th, 2017
Take a Break – Parshat Chayei Sarah When I find "modern" ideas hidden in the Torah, I feel a sense of pride. The Torah knew about this concept all along. Yet I also feel a sense of something akin to failure. If it was there all the time, how did I miss it? Maybe the idea was even mentioned by Chazal but I overlooked or misunderstood it.   It happened again with this week's parsha, Parshat Chayei Sarah. Yitzchak was going to t …
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Mixed Emotions - Parshat Noach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 22nd, 2017
Mixed Emotions - Parshat Noach Stuff happens. That's a given. Sometimes that stuff is good and pleasant and we accept that reality happily and with little question. We rarely find anyone beseeching God as to why a particular positive experience befell him. Yet if that same experience is negative or painful we look for reasons including divine reasons. Is this a double standard? Are we being fair to God - or to ourselves? As we view the …
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Permanent Temporariness, Part II – Parshat Bereishit
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 11th, 2017
Permanent Temporariness, Part II – Parshat Bereishit Very. A modifying word. It comes from the latin veritas, meaning truth.1 Aside from the Sesame Street song about the letter 'V' where the word 'very' is used umpteen times,2 we use it to describe adjectives. How big is it? Very big. How far is it? Very far. I found a fascinating discussion in the Midrash about the use of the word 'very' in this week's parsha, Parshat Bereishit. At the en …
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Permanent Temporariness – Sukkot
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
October 4th, 2017
Permanent Temporariness – Sukkot Huh? Could you say that again? Well, I actually almost called this piece temporary permanence. Or both. Oxymoron city! But this seems to be the most accurate variation to represent the thought. As the late Rabbi Joseph Lookstein once said in a sermon, "the only thing that’s permanent in life is change."1 (Maybe next year we can discuss temporary permanence.) This theme is alluded to in the mitzvah of S …
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Knock, Knock - Yom Kippur
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 27th, 2017
Knock, Knock - Yom Kippur No, this is not a knock, knock joke, though I wish I had one for the occasion. (I am open to suggestions.) We have many customs which we don’t always notice though they have been passed down over the years. There is, for instance, a custom to tap (knock) lightly on our chest as we mention a list of actions we've done wrong in the past.1 It is a soft tapping that accompanies the Ashamnu2 (prayer of admission of guil …
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