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Surfer Rabbi Running for Senate, Ruffling Muslim, Tea Party, Feathers


Rabbi Nachum Shifren, aka the Surfing Rabbi

Rabbi Nachum Shifren, aka the Surfing Rabbi
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A rabbi running for the U.S. Senate told a cheering audience, “I am an Islamaphobe and everything we need to know about Islam, we learned on 9/11.”

Rabbi Nachum Shifren, aka the Surfing Rabbi, a Lubavitcher, was invited along with all the other candidates for the U.S. Senate from California, to a candidate’s forum on May 3 at the American Legion Hall in San Mateo, co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Republican Party and My Liberty, a local Tea Party group.

Afterwards, when asked directly by local reporters, Shifren responded: “Did I say that?”

Shifren’s declaration, that he is an “Islamaphobe,” and the rest of his speech at the Tea Party party has been called racist and hateful by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Shifren said CAIR are racist themselves.

CAIR, along with Jewish Voice for Peace and Progressive Christians Uniting released a joint statement Monday about the rabbi’s comments.

“There should be no place for hate speech of any kind in our nation’s political discourse. Whenever one faith or ethnicity is targeted by hate, it is our duty as Americans to challenge that hatred and to instead promote mutual understanding and tolerance,” the three groups wrote in a statement.

But if you’re not surprised by the fact that CAIR and some “peaceful” Christians and Jews are hating on Rabbi Shifren, you should know that his blatant speech was rejected by even a roam-free bunch like the Tea Party.

Leonard Stone, the Tea Party moderator of the event, was almost as critical of the surfer rabbi as the folks on the Left. Stone said Shifren’s comments about serving in the military turned him off even before he made the “Islamaphobe” comment.

“I don’t support him. He’s not a viable candidate,” Stone said.

Read the whole thing in “Rabbi’s speech called hateful,” by Bill Silverfarb in the Daily Journal.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Surfer Rabbi Running for Senate, Ruffling Muslim, Tea Party, Feathers”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I already sent my vote in for him, and proudly so.
    I have known him for 25 years…

  2. I'm not sure it takes a journalist to put their name on someone else's work. This is not a Yori Yanover story. It is mine. His name should not be on this article.

  3. Sucks they did that :( Good article Bill.

  4. Joshua Vaughn says:

    Wow, plagarism is alive and well! At least he provided a link to your article.

  5. Ken Hayes Jr says:

    Imitation is the biggest form of flattery, I guess they really like your work.

  6. Ajaz Hussain says:

    I had a quick read of both articles. Although your name and article is mentioned at the end of the article in question it is a reference not a credit to you and your article.This is unprofessional behaviour and I think a complaint should be lodged with his editor or to "whom it may concern".

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