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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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Corona's Creative Calling – Parshat Vayikra
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 27th, 2020
Corona's Creative Calling – Parshat Vayikra OR Yes I'm Writing About Corona When we want to start a conversation with someone, we usually call them first to get their attention. We call their name, we ring their telephone, we send an email or any other of a now-myriad of methods to contact someone. When we get the person's attention, then we can start talking whether to deliver a message, get some information or simply to connect with someo …
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From Social Isolation to Togetherness - Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 19th, 2020
From Social Isolation to Togetherness – Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei It would be an understatement to say that these are trying times. A tiny virus measured in nanometers has created a pandemic. People around the world are in self-quarantine. People around the world have gotten sick. And, yes, people around the world have died from this virus. It is a somber time. We live with a sense of uncertainty as to our fate, the fate of our communit …
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A Corona Wedding – Parshat Ki Tissa
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 13th, 2020
A Corona Wedding – Parshat Ki Tissa Or Sports as a Corona Metaphor The current outbreak of COVID–19, better known as coronavirus, has caused a lot of concern, anxiety and uncertainty. This virus has become the main topic of conversation – even outperforming sports and politics. How we behave on a personal level during this outbreak says more about us than it does about how the governments are handling the crisis. After all, as s …
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Upside-down Shaatnez – Parshat Tetzaveh
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 6th, 2020
Upside-down Shaatnez – Parshat Tetzaveh Have you ever had a time where what you thought about a topic turned out to be the opposite of what you thought? Like when Pluto stopped being a planet or when you found out that a baseball team was caught cheating. Or in a positive direction, you may have thought that all cancer couldn’t be cured and found out that there are cancers which react well to treatment. I had that kind of experience w …
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Can Humans be Divine? - Parshat Terumah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 28th, 2020
Can Humans be Divine? - Parshat Terumah (Shemot 25:1-27:19) Some concepts I just don’t understand. The idea of God fitting himself into a Mishkan is beyond my ability to understand. And I'm actually okay with that. I know that there are things which I don’t understand. Im not talking about calculus either, although maybe even that. This concept is much higher. But it is really okay (mostly). So what’s the deal with the Mishkan? …
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Conformity. Good or Bad? – Parshat Mishpatim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
February 21st, 2020
Conformity. Good or Bad? – Parshat Mishpatim      Isn’t conformism another way of saying that majority rules? Is it then really that bad? Our democratic institutions are based on that ideal. But is it always true? How about individualism? Conformism, says Doctor Viktor Frankl,is often an outgrowth of what he calls Existential Vacuum.1 Is that a new concept in physics or an electrical appliance? Obviously not. Let m …
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The Real Plague of Darkness – Parshat Bo
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 31st, 2020
The Real Plague of Darkness – Parshat Bo There have been times while writing this blog when I was concerned that perhaps a time would come when I would no longer see new ideas to write about in the parsha. Thankfully, I have been surprised over and over to the point where I feel that I am led to believe that I will never run out of topics from the parsha to share. During the plague of darkness, the Torah tells us that it was soooo dark ( ho …
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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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