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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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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
Frustration – Parshat Vaetchanan
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 31st, 2020
Frustration – Parshat Vaetchanan We all want to feel good all the time. We also know that stuff happens and our sense of stability is threatened. We often try to ignore this knowledge and live our lives "as if". We make plans, we invest time, energy and money based on dreams of how we wish to see our future. There are business plans and personal development programs that encourage us to see a few years down the line and build our present l …
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Tags: logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, vaetchanan, vaeschanan, frustration
Untitled – Parshat Devarim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
July 24th, 2020
Untitled – Parshat Devarim Just a short idea and can't decide on a title. What I've come up with so far, just isn’t quite right. (if you get any ideas, please let me know) The judges, whose appointment is discussed in this week's parsha, are reminded that they should be good, honest and fair judges for, after all, the judgment belongs to God.1 Well, isn’t that kind of obvious? If these judges are dealing with Jewish law, do they …
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Tags: mental health, logotherapy, parsha, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, viktor frankl, devarim, life task, assignment, purpose
Feeling Ignored – Parshat Behaalotecha
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
June 5th, 2020
Feeling Ignored – Parshat Behaalotecha We all want to feel part. Even as a kid, I remember when we were choosing teams, I always wanted to be chosen. I also remember what it was like NOT to be on the team – either team. My parents tried to make sure that my needs weren’t ignored either. But sometimes certain groups are chosen. And others are left behind. Or it could even be being passed over for a promotion at work. It can be a …
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Tags: mindfulness, logotherapy, meaning, logoparsha, frankl, behaalotecha, behaloscha, ignored, viktor frankl
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