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  • Broyde Quoted in NYTimes Article as “Judge With the Beth Din of America”

    by Steven I. Weiss


    It would be easier if Jewish law followed the secular American model. Rabbi Michael J. Broyde, a law professor at Emory University, said California and many other states loosely determine motherhood by motive or intent: Which woman wants the baby — the donor or the birth mother?

    “When a woman is pregnant and walks into a hospital and goes into labor and gives birth to a baby, you know what we call her? Mommy,” said Rabbi Broyde, who is a judge with the Beth Din of America, an American Orthodox rabbinical court.
    [Emphasis added.]

    Broyde, the subject of an investigative series by The Jewish Channel (1, 2, 3) was granted an “indefinite leave of absence” from both the Beth Din of America and the Rabbinical Council of America on the next business day after the publication of TJC’s first story in the series.

    TJC has reached out to the RCA for comment, and will post an update here if we receive a response.

    UPDATE, 3:30PM: The president of the RCA, R’ Shmuel Goldin, responds by e-mail: “Rabbi Broyde is no longer serving as a dayan on the Beth Din of America. My understanding is that this quote was actually from an interview conducted in October 2012.”

    UPDATE, 6/6/2013: The NYT’s Laurie Goodstein tweets, “That’s now been corrected in the story.” And indeed, the relevant section of the article now reads:

    It would be easier if Jewish law followed the secular American model. Rabbi Michael J. Broyde, a law professor at Emory University, said California and many other states loosely determine motherhood by motive or intent: Which woman wants the baby — the donor or the birth mother?

    “When a woman is pregnant and walks into a hospital and goes into labor and gives birth to a baby, you know what we call her? Mommy,” said Rabbi Broyde, a scholar of Jewish law who has served as a rabbinical court judge.
    [Emphasis added]

    The post there now carries this correction:

    Correction: June 6, 2013

    An article on Tuesday about in vitro fertilization and the questions it raises for Jewish families gave an outdated affiliation for Rabbi Michael J. Broyde, a law professor at Emory University. Rabbi Broyde was a judge with the Beth Din of America, an American Orthodox rabbinical court, at the time the article was written, but since April he has been on a leave of absence.

    June 4, 2013 | Read more Newsdesk posts. 1 Comment »

    Comments

    1 Comment »

    1. Steven:

      1. Why is the RCA being questioned about the mis-description the NY Times wrote? Question the NY Times reporter!

      2. What’s the big deal that a newspaper mistakenly referred to him by his former title?

      Comment by Joe Hill — June 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

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