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

Passover and Easter are both celebrations of hope and transformation

Passover and Good Friday fall on the same day this year, and Easter Sunday and the second day of Passover are also on the same day. The close proximity of Passover and Easter on the calendar is no accident.

In the vegetarian vs. meat-eating debate, there's no one-way-or-the highway position

My recent column on vegetarianism touched a vein among many readers. To these readers, I say again that I believe they tread the higher road, but it's not the only path.

Friendships can defeat terrorism

Q: When I was young, I remember saying prayers after mass each Sunday for the "conversion of Russia." It occurs to me that we all need to start praying again -- this time for an end to all forms of terrorism.

There are strong arguments for and against vegetarianism

Q: I think it's time to encourage Christians and Jews to be vegetarians. A: Let's begin by remembering that the Bible was written in Hebrew, not English. Therefore, the prohibited action is murder, not killing.

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.

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