It is frightening to realize that Broyde was at one point the leading candidate for Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. British Jewry is lucky to have dodged that fiasco. Otherwise we might have had the Chief Rabbis of both France and the UK resigning in the same week because of ethical lapses.
As is so typical of hypocrites caught in the act (in this case, by Steven I Weiss), Broyde offered up a pale imitation of an apology which conveniently obscured the extent of his actions and minimized their significance. He was caught sockpuppeting, fabricating stories, and trying to bolster his reputation by inventing others who thought he was the greatest. It is pathetic. He is an accomplished man with many impressive writings. But alas, integrity is not his strong suit.
He should resign his position as dayan (rabbinical court judge) on the BDA. Smarts are not the only qualifications for dayanus. It also demands integrity. But the orthodox establishment is busy minimizing the significance of his deceptions. Most of the establishment has been silent and some its rabbinical bloggers have minimized the significance of his acts and let him off with a slap on the wrist. (For example, see comments by Gil Student on his blog, Torah Musings. Rabbi Gil Student is another guy who trashes abuse victims who resort to assumed names on the internet.
Broyde pointedly denied Mordechai Twersky’s claim that Twersky reported his abuse by George Finkelstein. At this point reasonable observers have to give the benefit of the doubt to Twersky and not Broyde.
Incidentally, Broyde has also attacked others who used acknowledged assumed names in writing about abuse. One of my colleagues insists that the problem in the orthodox community of cover-ups of sex abuse is really a problem of rabbinical corruption. This time around I am once again convinced he is right.