Marc Gellman

Rabbi Marc Gellman

Rabbi Gellman is the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York, where he has served since 1981.

After receiving a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a major in Hebrew and Semitic studies in 1969, he completed his studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion by 1971. He was ordained by the college institute in 1972 and was awarded the senior homiletics prize. He was the youngest rabbi ever ordained by the seminary and completed the five-year program in two years of residency.

Rabbi Gellman received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1981 and has taught at Antioch College, HUC-JIR New York, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and other academic institutions. Rabbi Gellman served as chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee of the UJA Federation of New York and is a contributor to its Compendium of Jewish Medical Ethics. He has published widely and has contributed to a recent Commentary Magazine symposium on the state of Jewish belief. He also writes for Golf Digest, is a contributing editor to Moment Magazine, and has authored several children's books.

In addition to regular television appearances, Rabbi Gellman has served as chairman of the UJA rabbinical advisory committee, founding chairman of the Long Island Rabbinical Advisory Council, and president of the New York Board of Rabbis. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Tzedaka Award from the UMA-Federation and the Moshowitz Award for rabbinic excellence from the NYBR.

Rabbi Marc Gellman Samples

After church murders, forgiveness a mighty sword against hate

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There are many valid dwelling places in God's house

Q: Before my question, a comment. I'm an 87-year-old Protestant Christian woman.

Hope encapsulates the meaning of life

Q: In a recent column on deism, you said that hope is far more important to you than truth, which I liked. A: Hope is more important to me than truth because it's easy to be wrong about truth, but it's impossible to be wrong about hope.

Dispute over surrogacy a bad start for any marriage

Q: My companion and I are both 54 and have known each other for 15 years. We love each other, but he feels like he's "missed out" on having a family of his own. I tried to explain to him that a biological child is a "gift" from God, not a "right."

Deism embraces reason, but does not reject God

Q: I'm a 75-year-old man who's never followed any formal religion but have always tried to do what I thought was right.

Jews are justifiable worried about their declining numbers

Q: What's the big deal about marrying "in the faith" with Jews? Being from the South, "interracial" marriage to me brings to mind unions between members of the Caucasian and black races.

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