For Mordechai Kornbluth, Advanced Rabbinic and Physics Studies are Part of the Same Equation

At Yeshiva University, students pursue a wide array of interests. Some conduct cutting-edge research with the guidance and support of faculty mentors. Others, fascinated by foreign cultures or historical texts, sharpen their analytic skills and broaden their worldviews with Semitic language courses. And still others deepen their connection to Torah and Judaism by immersing themselves in top-level shiurim [lectures] at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).

A former Kressel Scholar, Kornbluth’s research on quantum physics has been published in several scientific journals.

In his four years on campus, Mordechai Kornbluth accomplished all three.

Kornbluth, a Teaneck, NJ native who graduated Yeshiva College in May, majored in physics, minored in mathematics and Semitic languages, and enrolled in rabbinic studies at RIETS in his senior year. Now a graduate student in a joint MS/PhD program in applied physics at Columbia University, he is also continuing his semikha studies at RIETS. It may seem like an unlikely combination, but according to Kornbluth, it’s all part of the same equation.

“To become the person I want to be, I have to be well-versed in every aspect of my life, from science to Torah and halakha,” said Kornbluth, a 2005 graduate of YU High School for Boys. Read the rest of this entry…