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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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Count Off! – Parshat Bamidbar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 18th, 2018
Count Off! – Parshat Bamidbar
I was once amazed when a friend of mine studying political science explained different diplomatic terms and how they really meant something different. A window of opportunity is different than a doorway. A road to peace means one thing while a pathway means something else. It is not just personal style or creative speaking.
i have also tried to develop a similar discerning eye when studying Torah bu …
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Don’t Know Why, But… - Parshat Bechukotai
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 11th, 2018
Don’t Know Why, But… - Parshat Bechukotai In creative or professional writing there is always an emphasis on keeping everything in the same tense, person, manner, etc. I have been sent back an article because I wasn’t consistent throughout the article in one or more of these issues. Truth is, despite my being upset that I have to rewrite certain parts, I even agree with the editor. The whole article just looks and feels better …
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From Victim to Victor – Parshat Emor
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 27th, 2018
From Victim to Victor – Parshat Emor There are certain truths that people generally agree to. "Suffering and death are inescapable realities of life," writes Dr. Teria Shantall in her book on Holocaust survivors.1 Or as Ben Franklin famously said, "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."2 That seems to be the accepted fact that bad news and suffering are an inevitable part of our lives. I mention …
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Holy is Not a Four-Letter Word – Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 20th, 2018
Holy is Not a 'Four-Letter Word' – Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim How we express ourselves publically in our western civilization is an issue that has more or less gained widespread agreement. Part of that understanding are words that due to their content and meaning are censored out of statements made publically. These words, called euphemistically 4-letter words, are often not used at all publically to prevent the need for censoring a …
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Sharp Turn - Parshat Shemini/7th Day Pesach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
April 5th, 2018
Sharp Turn – Parshat Shemini/7th of Pesach * Juxtapositions of the Jewish calendar and the weekly parsha have rarely captured my interest but this week the change in focus from the chag to the parsha seems so sharp that I couldn't help not noticing it. Writing in the afternoon before the last day of Pesach (surprisingly, and thanks to my wife, I have enough time to do that), I look forward to the holiday where we celebrate the completion of …
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Personal Freedom – Pesach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 27th, 2018
Personal Freedom – Pesach We often focus at the Seder table on the first night of Pesach, on the redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt. We speak of our trials and tribulations, the cruelty of the Egyptians and the miracle of the redemption. We do so through an inspiring mix of homiletic passages, vignettes and song in a manner which is lively, spontaneous and full of emotion. It is an evening of song and thanksgiving. Yet there is also …
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Mind Your Business - Parshat Vayikra
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 14th, 2018
Mind Your Business - Parshat Vayikra Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes there are no victims and sometimes there are some very real victims. If we do in fact cause harm to others, we apologize due to a sense of social or moral obligation to them. We need to acknowledge that others may be hurt because of our mistake. This apology, though, is simply to fulfill a "debt" to the other. We have wronged the other and "owe" him an apology. But what if n …
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Masks and Us – Parshat Ki Tissa/Purim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 27th, 2018
Masks and Us – Parshat Ki Tissa/Purim It is really cool how the weekly Torah reading seems to be especially chosen to correspond with current events, personal milestones or events in the Jewish calendar. Or maybe it is simply our creative ability to find throughout the Torah those messages which are particularly applicable to these events. Or perhaps the Torah is just so full of meaning that we can always find these meaningful correlating …
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The Beauty and the Priest – Part II – Parshat Tetzaveh
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 23rd, 2018
The Beauty and the Priest – Part II – Parshat Tetzaveh Choosing a name for the blog has been a rare pleasure that I surprisingly look forward to when sitting down to write. I liked this title the first time around1 and just had to give it another round. The fact that it is the week before Purim also allows for a certain light, Purimmy atmosphere. We recall the kohen being commanded in Parshat Tetzaveh to wear special clothes for honor …
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Am I Really Open? – Parshat Terumah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 13th, 2018
Am I Really Open? – Parshat Terumah I really like when Torah and psychological precepts parallel each other. It's kind of cool. The Torah, after all, is not just a set of general laws but rather more than that – much more than that. I also happen to like that the Torah precept comes about from a grammatical anomaly. The verse in Parshat Terumah reads: "And they will make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell in them."1 If we are to …
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