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Michael J. Broyde is a professor of law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University. He is also a senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, and comparative religious law. Broyde has published more than 70 articles on various aspects of law and religion and Jewish law, and a number of articles in the area of federal courts.

He is ordained (yoreh yoreh ve-yadin yadin) as an Orthodox rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America. Broyde was the first rabbi of the Young Israel of Toco Hills in Atlanta, GA. He is married to Channah S. Broyde and has four children: Joshua, Aaron, Rachel, and Deborah.

Broyde is a prolific author and speaker on Jewish law, Mishpat Ivri and Jewish ethics. His work is frequently cited by other writers on his subjects of expertise.

Sources

  • Emory Law School. [1]
  • Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. [2]
  • List of publications [3]
  • Online articles [4]
  • Biographical information. [5] [6]

Selected works

  • Editor, Marriage, Sex, and Family in Judaism (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005).
  • Marriage, Divorce and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law: A Conceptual Approach to the Agunah Problems in America. (Hoboken, N.J.: Ktav, 2001).
  • “Honesty and Analysis: A Response to Passionate Critics,” Edah Journal 5(1):1–42 (Summer 2005), found online at www.edah.org, this article deals with the abandoned wife (agunah).
  • Marriage, Divorce and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law: A Conceptual Understanding of the Agunah Problems in America
  • “Jewish Law and the Abandonment of Marriage: Diverse Models of Sexuality and Reproduction in the Jewish View and the Return to Monogamy in the Modern Era,” in Marriage, Sex, and Family in Judaism (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005), 88–115.
  • With Jonathan Reiss. “The Ketubah in America: Its Value in Dollars, its Significance in Halacha and its Enforceability in American Law,” The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society 47:101–124 (2004). ('Ketubah' is a marriage contract)
  • "קידושי טעות בזמנינו” (lit. “Error in the Creation of Marriage”), Tehumin 22:231–242 (Hebrew)(2003).
  • “The 1992 New York Get Law: An Exchange,” Tradition: A Journal of Jewish Thought 31(3):23–41 (1997). (A get is a divorce document.)
  • “Can There be Solutions to the Agunah Problem”, JOFA Journal 5(4):8–9 (Summer 2005).
  • Review of “Between Civil and Religious Law: The Plight of the Agunah in American Society by

Irving Breitowitz,” in AALS Jewish Law Section Newsletter, May 1993, pp. 2–4.

  • “Religious Freedom in the Domain of Family Law” (lecture and faculty colloquium) and “The Jewish Religion and Human Rights Politics in the Near East,” University of Tübingen, Germany, January 15–16, 2007.

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