Descartes famously asserted, “I think, therefore I am,” but why didn’t he say “I feel, therefore I am”? Cultures and thinkers throughout the ages have considered the roles of reason and emotion in human experience and debated which should be given primary importance. This seminar will explore the various views and reflect them into your lived experience of reason and emotion. Finally, we’ll also challenge whether the binary of reason versus emotion is quite as simple as we might think.
Rabbi Yakov Danishefsky
Yakov Danishefsky is a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in trauma, sex-addiction, couples-therapy, and other life-adjustment challenges. He is also a speaker and educator for various Jewish organizations, blending spirituality, philosophy, and psychology. As both a therapist and teacher, Yakov is warm and personable, as well as direct and depth-oriented. He earned semicha and a masters in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University, completed his masters in social work from Walden University, and was a member of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Yakov recently began a private practice, Mind Body Therapy(www.mindbodychicago. com), and he lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.
Director, Tikvah Scholars Program