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.

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'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.

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?

You don't need a psychic to see the truth about life after death

Q: My sister-in-law recently visited a psychic. A: Let me answer by asking you to think about the difference between knowledge and faith.

Mourners welcome any loving expression of sympathy

Q: Just yesterday, my daughter's friend gave birth to a baby who died immediately. A: My experience with mourners is that any expression of sympathy, however generic, is appreciated.

Independence Day has a deep spiritual significance

There's a clear religious limit on celebrating nations. I allowed an American flag on my pulpit, but one of my teachers considered this an act of idolatry.

After church murders, forgiveness a mighty sword against hate

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