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Emory University scholar speaks on intersection of law and faith

May 17, 2016 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Emory University Law Professor Michael J. Broyde. Photo courtesy of Emory University School of Law

Congregation Mount Sinai, which has a long history of programs on the Torah, Talmud and other aspects of Jewish law, will present a talk with the Brooklyn Brandeis Society next Monday.

Law Professor Michael J. Broyde of Emory University will speak on “Jewish Law Influences on the Common Law and on Modern Anglo-American Law.” His presentation will encompass the areas of arbitration, welfare, criminal, marriage and tax law.

Broyde is a fellow in Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Previously, he was the founding rabbi of Atlanta’s Young Israel Congregation. He was the director and a dayan in the Beth Din of America. He is the author of many books and more than 100 articles on matters of Jewish law, the intersection of religion and law and other legal topics. Among these are “Marriage, Divorce, and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law: A Conceptual Understanding of the Agunah Problems in America.” [Incidentally, a Season 15 “Law and Order” episode titled “All in the Family” delved into the problems that one such New York City agunah faced.]

Among Broyde’s numerous journal articles is: “A Jewish Law View of World Law,” published in Emory Law Journal 54: 79-93 (spec. ed., 2005). The article explores how Jewish law might classify international law. He has written a series of vigorous exchanges in several publications on military ethics in Jewish law. He has also published a number of articles in the area of federal courts, including an article in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy on the impeachment process.

Broyde received his Juris Doctor degree at NYU School of Law. He was also educated at Yeshiva University: Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, with ordination in 1991; Yeshiva University: Yeshiva College, bachelor of arts, cum laude in 1984.

The talk, on Monday, May 23, will begin with a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. Professor Broyde’s talk will start at 6:15. The cost is $20 per person. For more information and to RSVP, email [email protected]