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

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.

Unfortunately, not all fledglings learn to fly

Q: Despite our very best parenting and excellent, intense professional psychological treatment since age 5, our son continues to lie, steal, manipulate, cheat and have no empathy for those he hurts. A: May God comfort you both.

Helping victims of disasters keeps our hearts open

Q: Most Americans end each day with three good meals under our belts and a solid roof over our heads. A: The massive April 25 earthquake near Katmandu killed thousands of people, with many thousands more injured, homeless, starving and cold.

Problems and mysteries demand very different responses

Q: Does God want me to have cancer? The pain of being a doctor led me on a spiritual path. A: Thank you for your question, my friend and teacher, Dr. B. How we get cancer is a problem.

You can thank Aristotle for the concept of the soul's life after death

Q: I've always thought that in the last few hundred years of the Old Testament, those of the Jewish faith recognized the resurrection and afterlife of the soul.

Shepherds and sheep need to work together for the sake of the whole flock

Q: When the current pastor arrived, our Catholic parish was a vibrant, singing community. To our amazement, we received a letter back from the pastor calling us liars and saying we were trying to scandalize him with false allegations.

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