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

Why I love Christmas

Last week, I continued an annual God Squad holiday tradition by offering remembrances of Father Tom Hartman's Hanukkah greetings. I cannot and I do not love Christmas because I believe in Christ.

Why I love Hanukkah

NOTE FROM RABBI GELLMAN: Every winter and spring, when Fr. Tom Hartman -- my former partner on the God Squad -- was well and writing this column with me, we would trade spiritual places.

Faith is more about receiving than choosing

Q: How can one choose what to believe? A: For me, faith is more an act of receiving than an act of choosing. For me, faith is also -- and I think, primarily -- a personal act, as much or more than an act of family solidarity.

God will always be the deepest mystery we encounter in life

Q: I consider myself an agnostic, but not an atheist. I don't know. A: Atheists and theists seem similar in that they both believe in a definitive proof for or against the existence of God.

What I am thankful for this year

Every year at Thanksgiving time, I try to put some deeper meaning into the too easily generalized list of things and people for which I'm thankful.

Biblical stories can be true even if the events never occurred

Q: Do you really, truly believe that "The Flood" and the creation of "Adam and Eve" were actual events? A: I believe the biblical stories of Adam and Eve and Noah are true, but I don't believe the events described really occurred.

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