John Clark Host ~ Tuesday 12/04/12 – 9 pm ET – 6 pm PT. Be There Or Be Unaware
First & Second Hour: Debate!!! >> GUESTS: Rabbi Nachum Shifren & Paul Topete
Rabbi Nachum Shifren
A native of southern California, Shifren grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where he learned to surf as a youth. He worked as a lifeguard in Malibu as a young man, a time in his life when he was not religious. He began his path to religiosity when he met an Australian rabbi who liked to bodysurf and performed sacraments at the beach. At the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, Shifren went to Israel to volunteer on a kibbutz, and in 1977 he emigrated to Israel. Shifren served in the Israeli Defense Forces and received a degree in Combat Fitness Training at the Wingate Institute for Sports in Netanya, Israel.
Shifren received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California of Santa Barbara in Spanish and German Literature. He continued graduate studies in West Germany at the University of Goettingen. Shifren is fluent in Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Yiddish. He attended Toras Chayim Yeshiva in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim in Kfar Chabad, Israel, where in 1990 he was ordained to the rabbinate. While studying in Israel, Shifren lived in the Kfar Tapuah settlement on the West Bank. When he returned to the United States, Shifren worked as a teacher in Los Angeles.
Shifren has been reported to have links with far right groups in Europe and is known to have marched with the far-right English Defence League. In October, 2010, he traveled to England to speak at a rally. In his speech, he called Muslims “dogs” and told the EDL that “[h]istory will be recorded that on this day, read by our children for eternity, one group lit the spark to liberate us from the oppressors of our two governments and the leftist, fifth column, quisling press, and that it was the EDL which started the liberation of England from evil.”
Numerous print and broadcast media have done stories about Shifren and his “Surfing Rabbi” persona. He founded Jewish Surfers International and the Surf & Soul newsletter. He frequently uses surfing imagery to make religious points. “There’s no way a skier can get the same connection with the Creator,” Shifren told Salon in 1999. “The ocean is the first act of creation, while snow is not an act of creation. Skiers don’t have the mountain chasing them, but the mountain of a wave chases surfers. They struggle against currents as they ride waves that have been around since time immemorial.”
He leads annual “Kosher Surf Camp” trips to Costa Rica. He has written two books, Surfing Rabbi: A Kabbalistic Quest for Soul and Kill Your Teacher: Corruption And Racism in Los Angeles City Schools. A movie based on Shifren is currently in development.
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