The God Squad - Marc Gellman

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The God Squad

The God Squad is not your average advice column. Rabbi Marc Gellman employs his years of religious and philosophical study and experience to answer reader questions on topical and spiritual issues, from interfaith marriage to news events. He also draws on the expertise of numerous advisors to offer authentic insights on the rich palette of faiths in America. Gellman writes in a lively, non-preachy style that speaks directly to readers. Special holiday messages.

The God Squad Samples

Despite supposed 'signs' from the dead, our best option is to accept death as an ending

Q: In a recent column, you mentioned how the time of death of a man's father showed up on a grandfather's clock when it stopped working several weeks later.

Despite the horrors of 9/11, or today horrors, freedom will win

I try not to think about 9/11 until it comes around each year. Even in the days just after the attacks, I found myself turning off the television after just a few minutes because the images of 9/11 were like staring at the sun.

Don't spend too much time fretting about how your life has added up

Q: What do you do when you're entering the last quarter of your life and feel you've accomplished nothing, and haven't met God's expectations of who you were blessed to be? A: Thank you for your Top 5, all-time, meaning-of-life question.

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.

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