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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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Living a Paradox - Parshat Chukat
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 28th, 2017
 Living a Paradox - Parshat Chukat There's some things that I just don’t get. It took me a while to learn to say that. I used to think I understand, or at least was capable of understanding, everything. Then I learned that even though I don’t understand stuff, I still try and figure it out. "Isn’t that a waste of time?" I thought. You don’t get it so just accept it. So there were times I did. And there were times that …
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Get Involved - Parshat Korach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 20th, 2017
Get Involved - Parshat Korach Very often, the boss will send someone else to do his 'dirty work'. I write this not from a place of looking down on bosses. They need to find efficient ways to get things done.  If a boss were to perform all the tasks at the office, he wouldn’t be able to find time to do his own job. Yet, we find that in this week's parsha, Parshat Korach, Moshe told Aharon, the High Priest, to do the dirty work. There wa …
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What do We do Now? – Parshat Shelach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 13th, 2017
What do We do Now? – Parshat Shelach   Where do we pick up the pieces? Stuff happens to us throughout our lives. Some of it is good. Some of it isn’t. The parts that are good give us joy and the strength to do more. The stuff that isn’t has the capability of sapping our strength, draining our energy, sending us reeling into depression, making us feel stuck and even preventing us from being motivated to do anything. This mus …
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Which Path to Take? – Parshat Naso
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 1st, 2017
Which Path to Take? – Parshat Naso When Alice was in Wonderland and she wasn’t sure which path to take, she asked the Cheshire cat which way she ought to go. The cat asked her where she wanted to go. Her answer was "somewhere". The cat's famous answer was that as long as you're moving, you'll get somewhere.1 In this week's parsha, Parshat Naso, we read that the Nazir, the ascete, needs to bring a sin offering when he comes into conta …
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Who Cares Which Side? – Parshat Bamidbar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 23rd, 2017
Who Cares Which Side? – Parshat Bamidbar Sometimes the Torah really surprises me. There are times where the Torah details certain stories or commandments. Sometimes it doesn’t. The basic principle though is that the Torah doesn’t waste words. So, why does the Torah spend time telling us in this week's parsha, Parshat Bamidbar, where each tribe camped and later on in what order they travelled.1 Is this information that will have …
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Addiction. Harmless? – Parshat Behar-Bechukotai
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 15th, 2017
Addiction. Harmless? – Parshat Behar-Bechukotai I have never heard of a story of an addict who one day woke up and said: "I want to become addicted to something. Hmmm…let's see what suits me best." There is usually a period of experimentation and often the addictive behavior has some benefit to it. The slide, however, from experimentation to addiction is a slippery one and often a person becomes addicted to a behavior/substance with …
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Love - A 'Second Hand Emotion'? – Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 1st, 2017
Love - A 'Second Hand  Emotion'? – Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim There are some phrases that are so well known that we use them with sometimes reckless abandon - throwing them about without ever understanding the phrase and these phrases  get bandied about freely. And what does love have to do with it? Is it really, as the song goes, just "a second hand emotion?"1 Such is a phrase from this week's parsha, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. We a …
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A Social Disease – Parshat Tazria-Metzora
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 26th, 2017
A Social Disease – Parshat Tazria-Metzora When we hear the words 'social disease', we usually assume the dictionary's definition: Venereal Disease.1 Or we may imagine a broader reach and that it is a catchall phrase for all sorts of diseases of a sexual nature.2 Or for those of us who were around in the 60's/70's, we may remember a song asking for leniency due to having a 'social disease'.3 Leprosy, described in detail in this week's …
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Tragedy Triggers – Parshat Shemini
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 19th, 2017
Tragedy Triggers – Parshat Shemini Tragedies happen. There are tragedies which clearly effect an entire nation. They may be man-made tragedies or 'acts of God' but they are tragedies nonetheless. We are touched by these tragedies and the pain of the loss and the difficulties encountered by survivors. But often, maybe even unfortunately so, after a heartfelt "Tsk, tsk. How sad that these tragedies occur," we continue on with our daily lives …
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Who Enslaved the Jews in Egypt? - Pesach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 9th, 2017
Who Enslaved the Jews in Egypt? - Pesach Everyone knows the answer to that one. Of course – it was Pharaoh! It seems like a question where the answer is fairly obvious. Just read the verses in the Torah. He came up with the work plan. He hired special overseers to draft workers.1 So, obviously, Pharaoh is the one who enslaved us. Or was he? We often find that we need to read between the lines to understand the Torah properly. Here too, we …
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