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

Prayers for the dead have a long and noble tradition

Q: My husband died in April of this year after a three-year battle with cancer. A: Most of our prayers are for the living. Praying for the dead compels our belief that death is not the end of us if we are comprised of both bodies and souls.

Refusing to forgive only keeps the pain fresh

Q: I was raised in the Episcopal Church, and even though a good Christian will forgive someone who's hurt you, I'm having a very difficult time forgiving my ex-husband for all he did to hurt our two daughters.

Transcendent experiences of God are real, and come in many forms

Q: This question is asked from a contemplative place in my heart after reading your recent column on atonement. A: Yes.

Atonement still calls for sacrifice - in the form of a changed heart

Q: In the Old Testament, there are passages regarding animal sacrifices as sin offerings. A: The sacrifice of animals was performed at many Temples in biblical times but was centralized in the Temple in Jerusalem by King Josiah in the 7th century.

Doing what you love is a blessing and a curse

The Jewish people are now in between the New Year, Rosh Hashana, and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. For the occasion, I've condensed one of my New Year sermons.

Before condemning God for your losses, count your winnings

Q: After coming off the worst year of my life, I've reached the point that I feel there is no God as we know it. Religion always gives us a reason or a way out for everything. Instead, it's obvious there are NO miracles, favors or grace.

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