Authors Posts by Joshua Z. Stadlan

Joshua Z. Stadlan

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. He writes about the intersection of Judaism, ethics, and probability modeling in an email newsletter, Justice for Hedgers:

From Har Ke-gigit to Kiyemu Ve-kibelu: a Journey of Homo Religiosus

In a moving personal essay, Joshua Stadlan explores a famous Purim midrash with the commentary of Rav Soloveitchik to reflect on his life, religious journey, and relationship with God.

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.