November 20, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Zachor with Rabbi Michael Broyde

Our guest this week is Rabbi Michael Broyde, professor of law at Emory University law school and a senior fellow at Emory’s Center for the Study of Law Religion. Rabbi Broyde received his JD from the NYU school of law and his ordination from Yeshiva University. He was a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America, serving as the director of that court during the 1997–1998 academic year, while on leave from Emory. Rabbi Broyde was the founding rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta, a founder of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study program and a board member of many organizations in Atlanta. He has published more than 75 articles and book chapters on various aspects of law and religion and Jewish law.

This week’s Torah-Talk will discuss the special Zachor reading, which is traditionally read on the Shabbat before Purim and which features God’s command to destroy the people of Amalek. Our discussion focuses on the idea of remembering the bad things people do to us and on the connection between the command to obliterate Amalek and the story of Purim.