Rabbi Melman is a Lecturer in Midrash and Homiletics at HUC-JIR/New York. He served as a congregational rabbi for 50 years, always pursuing an academic component to his rabbinate.
He was on the faculty of Trinity College, Washington D.C. (11 years), Distinguished Lecturer in Judaism in The Hornstein Graduate Program at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, (15 years), and joined the faculty of HUC-JIR in 2000.
He encourages the study of Jewish texts as an intellectual and spiritual endeavor, which brings a sense of authenticity to emerging rabbis.
Midrash Petirat Aharon, (critical translation and critical notes) Journal of Reform Judaism, Summer 1980
"The Response to the Christian Exegesis of Psalms in the Teshuvot La Nozrim of Rabbi David Qimhi," Jewish Civilization: Essays and Studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1985
"Rahab as a Model of Human Redemption" in "Open Thou Mine Eyes, "Essays on Aggadah and Judaica presented to Rabbi William G. Braude on his eightieth birthday and dedicated to his memory, KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1992. [Also an Editor of this volume.]
The Ma’aseh Avraham Avinu ‘Alav HaShalom, Translation, Notes, and Commentary, The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Spring 2012.
The Way of Man According to Hasidic Teaching, Martin Buber, New Translation and Notes and Introduction, Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman and Dr. Gabriel E, Padawer, with Foreword by Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr, Jewish Lights Publishing Co., 2012.