A Tribute To The Kennedy Family – Ask Not What G-d Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For G-d

Jackie and Robert Kennedy walk away from the grave
Jackie and Robert Kennedy Walking Away From JFK's Grave


I am writing this article in hopes that this brings an end to the suffering of the Kennedy family with the news of the sudden passing of Robert Kennedy’s granddaughter. Saoirse Roisin Kennedy-Hill, was 22years old and so that number 22 comes up again.

I am not trying to take away from the sorrow the Kennedy family is feeling at this moment. Even when I talked about President Reagan’s assassination attempt vs. that of the assassination of JFK, I refused to detail anything negative about JFK’s father in a previous Blog. But here I just want to include few items which will help readers understand how he viewed our people, and the fact that the Kennedy family refused to follow in JFK’s father’s footsteps.

In fact, in the movie Golda, Ingrid Bergman playing Golda is quoting JFK in her conversation with Frank Cover; who played Hubert Humphrey, in a way that indicates she also admired JFK for who he was.

That was my impression as well, and this is why by quoting JFK’s father I in no way intend to hurt the Kennedy’s feelings. I just wanted to point out the facts I have uncovered. And to say I admire them for being a friendly family toward our people.


NY Times May 1, 1964

BOSTON, April 30 (AP)—Joseph F. Dineen, author and lecturer and a former reporter for The Boston Globe, died tonight  after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Dineen, who retired in 1956 after 34 years with The Globe, gained national attention for his stories of the $1.2 million Brinks robbery in 1950. His book, “Anatomy of a Crime,” was made into the movie, “Six Bridges to Cross.”

He also wrote on Popes Pius XI and XII and the late Boston politician, James M. Curley, and a study of the Kennedy family.

Kennedy told the reporter Joe Dineen:

It is true that I have a low opinion of some Jews in public office and in private life. That does not mean that I. … believe they should be wiped off the face of the Earth. … Jews who take an unfair advantage of the fact that theirs is a persecuted race do not help much. … Publicizing unjust attacks upon the Jews may help to cure the injustice, but continually publicizing the whole problem only serves to keep it alive in the public mind.

According to Harvey Klemmer, who served as one of Kennedy’s embassy aides, Kennedy habitually referred to Jews as “kikes or sheenies”. Kennedy allegedly told Klemmer that “[some] individual Jews are all right, Harvey, but as a race they stink. They spoil everything they touch.”[42] When Klemmer returned from a trip to Germany and reported the pattern of vandalism and assaults on Jews by Nazis, Kennedy responded, “Well, they brought it on themselves.”[46]

Remember those last words of JFK’s father, who agreed basically with the quote that appeared in my last Blog regarding the voyage of the St. Louis.

When we talk about Tzut Avot  it is  quite true that children can suffer for many generations  from the actions of a parent or parents.  And unfortunately this has come true for the Kennedy family.

Here is a brief history of what the Kennedy family has had to endure until today-

Kennedy curse

From Wikipedia

The Kennedy curse is a term for a series of deaths and calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family.[1][2][3][3][4][5][6][7][8] Ted Kennedy publicly wondered whether a “curse actually did hang over all the Kennedys” during his own testimony about the Chappaquiddick incident in 1969.[9] However, skeptics argue that many of the events are normal, and that it is not improbable for a large extended family to experience them.[10][11]


Events that have been cited as evidence of the family’s misfortunes include:


In summary, I hope that the Kennedy misfortunes have now come to an end.

If anything, this so-called Kennedy Curse should be transferred to another family who has a family history of refusing to make peace with our people and now the State of Israel. And that goes back for many, many generations.

And to quote JFK in his famous speech with a slight twist-

Ask Not What G-d Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For G-d

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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