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

Prayers for the sick help both caregiver and patient

Q: I have a job where I'm exposed to much sadness. While I was at Mass recently, I started to wonder if the prayers I say each day really do any good.

Organized religion may neglect singles, but God is still in your corner

Q: I notice that organized religion is aimed at families and married couples. I'm in my 50s and have had several serious relationships but they've all fallen apart before marriage.

Prayer can give us spiritual clarity, whatever the petition

Q: I'm facing a challenging situation with my brother and some of his choices. A: My go-to distress prayer is a verse from Psalm 130:1-2: "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Doing things differently can be the simplest way to solve a problem

Q: My stepdaughter has been in and out of trouble for13 years. She's bounced from one man to another and is now on her second marriage to a single man who's been in trouble half his life. She seems to need us only when she's low on money.

The dying will not, and should not, be rushed

Q: My sister has been suffering from GBS for 11 years. A: I've watched many people die. I've been with many dying people like your sister, dear G. They're ready to die, but they're not ready to die today.

Setting boundaries may help mother and daughter heal their relationship

Q: I just read your column about the 5th Commandment and it helped me to calm down. My 86-year-old mother was widowed last year. My husband and I are Mother's only advocates. The hurt is sometimes unbearable.

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