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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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Your Own Salad - Parshat Vayechi
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
January 1st, 2015
Your Own Salad - Parshat Vayechi It's great to be able to open up the fridge, look inside and say - wow, there's enough here to make my own salad. That’s exactly what Jacob points out in this week's parsha - Parshat Vayechi. He calls his children together for one last time and gives each their own individual blessing. At the end of all the blessings, though, the Torah summarizes and says - "each man according to his blessing he blessed them …
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Your Legacy - Parshat Bamidbar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 20th, 2015
Your Legacy - Parshat Bamidbar We often hear talk about legacies. A politician's legacy. A parent's legacy. Our legacy. What is a legacy? What do we leave behind for the next generation? How do we decide that? The concept of legacy is addressed in this week's parsha - Parshat Bamidbar. In a relatively innocent statement the Torah takes a census of the people and talks about the family of Moshe as well.1 Yet, when detailing the family members …
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You Don't Need to be Betazoid to be an Empath - Parshat Kedoshim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 10th, 2016
You Don’t Need to be Betazoid to be an Empath – Parshat Kedoshim In the Star Trek:TNG series, one of the characters was a Betazoid (a resident of the planet Betazed)  whose empathic qualities were so finely attuned that she was chosen as the ship's Counselor.  She was able to understand people and their concerns, worries and difficulties and therefore, was able to help them accordingly. Fortunately, Betazoids do not have a …
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You can Always Dance – Parshat Bamidbar
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
May 22nd, 2020
You Can Always Dance – Parshat Bamidbar  Much has been written about the challenges facing the human race during this corona episode. We are slowly and hesitatingly coming out of lockdown and seeing if we will be able to retain the lowering of the curve. I certainly join with those praying for the welfare of the entire human race in stemming the outbreak of this virus. These challenges relate to us no matter our socio-economic status, …
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Work and Work – Part 1- Parshat Vayakhel
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 8th, 2019
Work and Work – Part 1- Parshat Vayakhel There is a concept in social psychology called cognitive dissonance and its sister-concept cognitive consonance.  Leon Festinger, teaching that we strive for psychological consistency, describes a situation in which two people who are friendly do or do not agree about a third party. If they are in agreement, there is cognitive consonance while if they are in disagreement, there will be cognitiv …
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Work and Work – Part 2 – Parshat Pekudei
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
March 15th, 2019
Work and Work – Part 2 – Parshat Pekudei Synonyms. They can be lovely. They can be irritating. For those among us who are logophiles (lovers of words - though perhaps, also, lovers of meaning and, yes, logotherapy), we love to play with synonyms and look up in the dictionary and thesaurus to see what other possibilities there are. You see, the thesaurus is not just a book to be used when writing papers. It can be a fun book. So, in Pa …
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Why? - Parshat Nitzavim
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 7th, 2018
Why? - Parshat Nitzavim There is an apocryphal story about a final exam in an advanced philosophy course. The students who studied long and hard for this test were perplexed to find that there was but one question on the test page and the question had but one word: "WHY?" Many of the students labored for hours thinking and writing their answers. There was one student however, who handed in his test after a few minutes. The teacher was both astou …
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Who's to Blame? – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Author: Avraham (Allan) Friedman, LMSW
September 12th, 2017
Who's to Blame? – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech I hate the blame game. I hate assigning blame to others and I hate when others assign blame to others…or to me. There is actually one situation when I would agree that it is legitimate and even appropriate. That is when I assign blame to myself. Taking responsibility for what I do is not just an admission of guilt. It is a pronouncement that I have free choice and that I am willing to take …
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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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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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