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

Despite supposed 'signs' from the dead, our best option is to accept death as an ending

Q: In a recent column, you mentioned how the time of death of a man's father showed up on a grandfather's clock when it stopped working several weeks later.

Despite the horrors of 9/11, or today horrors, freedom will win

I try not to think about 9/11 until it comes around each year. Even in the days just after the attacks, I found myself turning off the television after just a few minutes because the images of 9/11 were like staring at the sun.

Don't spend too much time fretting about how your life has added up

Q: What do you do when you're entering the last quarter of your life and feel you've accomplished nothing, and haven't met God's expectations of who you were blessed to be? A: Thank you for your Top 5, all-time, meaning-of-life question.

We can't escape our feelings, but we can - and should -- control them

Q: I have a question prompted by seeing a play called "The Whale," a story of people who try to stop feeling anything through overeating, alcohol, drugs, sarcasm, etc. A: "Dogs" is the answer to your brilliant and elemental question.

People cope with impending death in different ways

Q: My dear cousin has confided in me that she has terminal cancer, but she hasn't told her family. A: The fundamental moral belief about illness is that such knowledge conveyed by a doctor belongs to the patient and to no one else.

That 'minister' at the wedding sure looked like my insurance guy

Here's a smattering of out-of-the ordinary questions from readers: Q: What are the qualifications to marry people? A: I had to register my credentials as a rabbi with the state some 30 years ago.

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