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

History and faith are true in different ways

Q: I greatly appreciated your recent columns about passing on faith to children. A: Belief in Jesus as the Christ is the defining belief for all branches of Christianity.

Readers weigh in on the importance of passing on faith to children

I received lots of comments on my recent column about an interfaith couple having a tough time deciding whether or not to get married -- and if they did, how to pick the faith in which to raise their children.

Prayer can't change the world, but it can change us

Q: Since losing our young daughter three years ago, many well-meaning friends and acquaintances have told me that prayer is the answer.

'Go Set a Watchman' has lessons to teach about human frailty

Q: I've just finished reading Harper Lee's second novel, "Go Set A Watchman." Scout, like so many of us, placed her father, Atticus Finch, above human frailty, but in "Watchman" he's a racist.

Trying to raise kids both Jewish and Christian is simply not fair

Q: I admire your column for its wisdom, common sense and spiritual insights, and hope you can provide guidance for our family. Our children attended religious school and were bar and bat mitzvahed.

Letting go of guilt is to admit you're flawed, but redeemable

Q: Grace says I'm forgiven for my sins because of the perfect and finished work of Christ. What does the Bible say about the pain and damage my sin has inflicted on others?

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