Authors Posts by Joshua Z. Stadlan

Joshua Z. Stadlan

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Joshua Stadlan is a Postmodern Orthodox Jew captivated by the relationship between Torah and ethics. He works as lead computational social scientist at MITRE and is pursuing a PhD at Tufts University focusing on social simulation. He lives in Cambridge, MA, serving as Chair of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission and as a shift leader at the Haley House Soup Kitchen in Boston. Stadlan grew up in the Boca Raton Synagogue community in Florida, and studied at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi before earning a B.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. His Shabbat meal menus consist of puns on pesukim from the parashah.

Priests and Prejudice: Disability in Parashat Emor

Joshua Stadlan carefully explores the “blemishes” that invalidate a kohein for service in the Mishkan to argue that they were not an original part of God’s plan.