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LogoParsha
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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The Right Way – Parshat Vaeira
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 15th, 2021
The Right Way – Parshat Vaeira   We find ourselves in a moral dilemma at times when we have two moral values that conflict. Is there always a correct course to choose? When there is enough money left at the end of the month for either a special treatment for an elderly parent or a tutor for a child with ADD, how do you choose? Can I allow for the perception of "how others view me" to become a consideration? I was actually surprised in …
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Be a Mensch! – Parshat Shemot
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 8th, 2021
Be a Mensch! – Parshat Shemot Without being sexist, this phrase simply implores the individual to be an upright, responsible individual with civility and humility – no matter male or female  - who doesn’t stand idly by while others suffer. Although I did consider using "Be a Man", I decided that the title itself might keep people away. In addition, the word Mensch implies infinitely more than the word "man". (I add a tip of …
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Don’t Be Yourself – Parshat Miketz
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 18th, 2020
Don’t Be Yourself – Parshat Miketz Isn’t that backwards? Don’t you mean "be yourself"? Well, kinda. You're right, too. We are always talking about being your authentic YOU. As Kierkegaard said: “Don’t despair at wanting to become your authentic self.”1 So make up my mind…be yourself…don’t be yourself. What to do? And what do you mean anyway "don’t be yourself"? When Yosef was ca …
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Here I Am! – Parshat Vayeshev
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 11th, 2020
Here I Am! – Parshat Vayeshev Let's do this! What a bold statement! People who are aware of the import of what is about to happen, can feel pumped by the anticipation of what they are doing. They can also be filled with fear and trepidation. How do we then find clarity?  This is highlighted by a difficulty in Rashi pointed out by the great teacher, Prof. Nechama Leibowitz, z"l. Yosef was just asked to visit his brothers and see how the …
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The Struggle's the Thing – Parshat Vayishlach
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
December 4th, 2020
The Struggle's the Thing – Parshat Vayishlach Nobody likes struggling. Well, maybe not "nobody" but many of us anyway. It's nice to just view a sunset, have your morning coffee or spend time with friends. Struggle is unpleasant, frustrating and simply not my favorite word. In this week's parsha, Yaakov finds himself struggling against a mysterious stranger.1 There are numerous questions regarding this story, ranging from why Yaakov was alon …
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Is Life Really Empty? – Parshat Haazinu
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 25th, 2020
Is Life Really Empty? – Parshat Haazinu We've gone through the past seven months of COVID-19 at times asking ourselves the question of meaning. Some people have lost their livelihood, some have suffered from lingering aftereffects while others have lost family and friends. Is there meaning behind all this? Is it perhaps all meaningless suffering? Throughout the LogoParsha blog, we talk about logotherapy (literally: healing through meaning) …
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Tags: mental health, logotherapy, parsha, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, life task, assignment, purpose, haazinu, emptiness, existential vacuum
A Truly Happy Year - Rosh Hashanah
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 22nd, 2020
A Truly Happy Year – Rosh Hashanah  What a year it has been. Sadness, anger, rioting, mourning, politics, division, wildfires and more. Oh, yes….and Corona. To be fair, there have also been weddings, births, promotions and other good things that have happened this year. Rosh Hashanah is considered the yearly Day of Judgment and we pray that the judgment for the coming year will be favorable based on the good things that we and o …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, happy, happiness, corona, rosh hashana
Responsible or "Response-able" – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 11th, 2020
Responsible or "Response-able" – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech I love word games. "Dad jokes" are funny – okay, maybe not, but at least witty. "How do you call a bee that can’t easily make up its mind? A maybe."1 (is that a groan I hear?) I'm lucky, as well, to be interested in a school of human ontology/psychology/existentialism/motivation whose founder liked word play as well. We can even use it in this week's parsha. There may b …
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Tags: mental health, logotherapy, parsha, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, purpose, nitzavim, respnsibility, response-ability
Happy by Choice – Parshat Ki Tavo
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 7th, 2020
Happy by Choice – Parshat Ki Tavo We all want to be happy. You know how I know? From all the ads for programs on how to be happy. And many of them are quite successful. Even the American Declaration of Independence, proclaims the right to pursue happiness as an inalienable right of all humanity. I know I want to be happy. In a negative sense, the Torah describes the importance of happiness. This week's parsha, seems to say that "The Rebuke" …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, choice, ki tavo, ki savo, happy, happiness, imrei emmes
Faithful to Yourself – Parshat Shofetim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
August 26th, 2020
Faithful to Yourself – Parshat Shofetim   I love reviewing the parsha. I would like to believe that even if there were no requirement to read it every week, I would still do it, but I can't believe that I would. So, I am thankful that Chazal expects us to review the parsha weekly. It also gives me a chance to notice new ways of looking at the content, some of which have quite opened my eyes. A few years back, I wrote about this verse f …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, shofetim, self, authentic
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