Michael Broyde

Emory University

Michael J. Broyde is professor of law at Emory Law and his primary areas of interest are law and religion. Broyde is ordained as a rabbi by Yeshiva University, and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America, and was the director of that court during the 1997-1998 academic year. He is the founding rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta, and a founder of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study program. With more than 75 articles and book chapters on law and religion and Jewish law, including "A Jewish Law View of World Law" and "Human Rights in Judaism," he explores topics such as military ethics, the impeachment process, marriage and divorce, and family law.

Case Files From The Beth Din: A Workshop

This workshop will expose people to the types of cases and the process of dispute resolution used by rabbinical courts in the United States, and will focus on five different types of cases -- family law, financial law, communal disputes, the obligation to obey secular law, and synagogue disputes. Attendees will learn about the procedures used in the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States, and will try to navigate the intricacies of "Jewish justice". NOTE: Advanced sign-up is required. Please go to http://limmudla.org/workshops.html for more information.

The Relationship Between One's Faith and One's Politics

This class will ask basic questions about Jewish values, focusing on whether Jews ought to be conservative or liberal and why.

Some Thoughts on Gay Rights and Jewish Law

What is the relationship between Jewish law and civil rights? Using the issue of gay rights as a backdrop, we will ask whether and when one needs to vote one's religion or one's faith.