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

We can't escape our feelings, but we can - and should -- control them

Q: I have a question prompted by seeing a play called "The Whale," a story of people who try to stop feeling anything through overeating, alcohol, drugs, sarcasm, etc. A: "Dogs" is the answer to your brilliant and elemental question.

People cope with impending death in different ways

Q: My dear cousin has confided in me that she has terminal cancer, but she hasn't told her family. A: The fundamental moral belief about illness is that such knowledge conveyed by a doctor belongs to the patient and to no one else.

That 'minister' at the wedding sure looked like my insurance guy

Here's a smattering of out-of-the ordinary questions from readers: Q: What are the qualifications to marry people? A: I had to register my credentials as a rabbi with the state some 30 years ago.

Let's agree to disagree on childless marriage

Q: What's your opinion about recent statements by Pope Francis imploring married couples to have children or they will be bitter and lonely in old age?

Baptism is not a ticket to receive the sacraments of all Christian churches

Q: I'm an avid reader and fan of your column and follow it in our local paper, the Patriot-News. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, and still feel strongly connected to that belief system, which is why I haven't converted to Catholicism.

Prayers for the sick help both caregiver and patient

Q: I have a job where I'm exposed to much sadness. While I was at Mass recently, I started to wonder if the prayers I say each day really do any good.

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