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Joseph Prouser

Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey, in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He has served on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which adopted his rabbinic rulings on “The Obligation to Preserve Life and the Question of Post-Mortem Organ Donation” and “Compulsory Immunization in Jewish Day Schools.”  He has also served as the Rabbinical Assembly liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a member of the Joint Beit Din (Rabbinic Court) of the Conservative Movement.  Rabbi Prouser was a Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies.  He has taught courses in Jewish Medical Ethics, Rabbinic Literature, and “The Impact of the Hebrew Bible on the American Founding Fathers” to rabbinical and cantorial students at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, New York. He is a frequent editorial contributor to the New Jersey Jewish Standard, and writes a weekly column, “Say Little, Do Much,” for New Orleans’ Crescent City Jewish News. Rabbi Prouser has taken an active role in the Boy Scouts of America and its allied National Eagle Scout Association, and serves the BSA as National Jewish Chaplain.


Just Remove this Death from Me: Rabbinic Responses to Vaccination

Contemporary rabbinic authorities have established this religious obligation as carrying scriptural authority – citing no fewer than five affirmative Commandments and three Biblical prohibitions.

The Rupture of Desire: An Interview with China Miéville

The following is a small portion of a longer interview with China Miéville in the journal Political Theology.

Pussy Riot and the Church

This piece is from the Political Theology Network archives originally posted on August 23, 2012.

In Memoriam:                                                                      Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas and the Journey of Theology Toward the Future

The prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate) passed in Athens, on February 2, 2023.


From Myanmar to Mariupol, from the streets of Memphis to the waves and winds of the Mediterranean Sea: resistance to violence takes many forms. So does political protest against precarity. At which point does the unavoidable vulnerability of the living condition come to expression as political agency? Can such precarious politics constitute or configure an alternative community?