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

Remember that God's love is a gift, not a reward

Q: I'm 67 and I haven't been able to pray for months. My family, two sons and a husband, don't "see me." I've experienced tremendous emotional and physical abuse in my life and I struggle daily to believe in my own worth.

Bending theological rules is not necessarily cheating

Q: I understand why Orthodox Jews in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., have fought for an eruv for years, so I don't blame them for it, and congratulate them for finally "winning" one from village officials.

Being God for a day would be powerful lesson in loving

Q: If you could be God for a day, why would you want the opportunity? Just as you did in a recent column, I've wondered, as a pediatric surgeon, why God made a world where children developed cancer and more.

The meaning of the Biblical commandments trumps the number

Q: Why are there different "versions" of the 10 Commandments? A: There's only one version of the Ten Commandments and it's in the Bible in two places.

Rosaries are not jewelry

Q: Today, at the doctor's office, the woman checking me in was wearing two rosaries with crucifixes. I noted that her nails were very long and painted with pictures of some kind.

True evil originates with us, not God

Q: God, we're told, is a loving God. A: I've seen far too often how the personal and collective catastrophes of life suddenly intrude or slowly corrode the fabric of our hope. We are on a blessed road, but it's a bumpy road.

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