Joe Biden, Joseph Kennedy, Parkland & Number 46

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President Biden’s Lack Of Concern Toward Israel, Reminds Me Of Joseph Kennedy’s Lack Of Concern For Jews During The Holocaust

President Biden’s delay in phoning Prime Minister Netanyahu can be explained many ways. But it appears Biden has the interests of the Palestinians at heart before those of Israel. The Jewish State continues to be under threat of a terrorist attack from the Palestinians which should be uppermost on the mind of any US President such as was the case with President Trump.

I was not alive during the Holocaust, but I became aware of the lack of urgency the US took toward the Jews who were in danger of being murdered by the Nazis. Joseph Kennedy, JFK’s father, as US Ambassador to the UK, was among those who refused to take urgent action to help those Jews. Perhaps this was a major factor which led to a series of terrible events known as “The Kennedy Curse”.

The Kennedy Curse

The Kennedy curse refers to a series of premature deaths, accidents, and other calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] The alleged curse has primarily struck the children and descendants of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., but it has also affected family friends, associates, and other relatives. Political assassinations and plane crashes have been the most common manifestations of the “curse”.

Is There Also A Biden Curse?

It was no secret that President Biden was very shaken by the sudden death of his son Beau. This was perhaps one of the major reasons behind his decision to visit Beau’s grave along with the graves of his first wife and daughter shortly after election day.

Here is a short video by Sky News confirming his visit-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOaaEuL2PoU

The Number 46

The video shows someone displaying the number 46, which of course refers to Joe Biden becoming the 46th US President.

But that number shows up elsewhere as well-

Biden’s son Beau was 46 years old when he died-

Joseph Robinette Beau“(Pronounced “Bow”) Biden III (February 3, 1969 – May 30, 2015) was an American politician, lawyer, and officer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from Wilmington, Delaware. He was the eldest of three children from the marriage of U.S. President Joe Biden and his first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden. He served as the 44th Attorney General of Delaware and was a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard.

JFK was also 46 when he was assassinated-

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to becoming president.

The Kennedy And Biden “Curses”-

Similarities

In both cases, Joseph Kennedy and Joe Biden witnessed the death of their sons at the age of 46. This was a major blow to both.

Looking a bit more deeply, Joseph Kennedy lost his son who was at that time the US President, while Joe Biden, who eventually became the 46th President, lost his son when Beau reached the exact same age of 46.

Reminders

Third Anniversary Of The Parkland Shooting

On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people[note 2] and injuring 17 others.[2][3][4]  A suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was arrested without incident

The killing spree is the deadliest high school shooting in United States history,

The shooting lasted six minutes.[33] On the first floor, the shooter fired in the hallway and into four classrooms, killing eleven people.[24] Two of those killed, Nick Dworet and Helena Ramsay, were students in Ivy Schamis’ Holocaust History class; Schamis was teaching a class lesson on combating hate when Cruz fired shots into her classroom.[34][35][36][37] Around five students from Schamis’ class were injured.[35][36]

Memories Of JFK’s Assassination

While doing research for this story, I was immediately drawn to the recent anniversary of the Parkland shooting. The reason was simple, it reminded me of November 22, 1963, sitting in my classroom when suddenly a news bulletin came over the school loudspeaker.

The office suddenly was piping into our classroom a live radio report coming from Dallas that President Kennedy was shot. No cellphones, internet, lap-tops or other similar devices existed at that time. We just sat glued to our seats listening anxiously as the reports about the President’s condition continued to pour in.

But what I can remember clearly until this day is the announcer saying JFK’s motorcade suddenly was seen speeding up and the President was taken to Parkland Hospital where he was pronounced dead less than one hour later.

We were sitting in our classroom not even thinking that something so terrible could happen to our President, and then in a blink of an eye our President was dead.

Memories Of The Holocaust

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/04/26/holocaust-history-parkland-shooting/

The above link takes you to a story that appeared on the site of CBS Miami slightly more than two months after the shooting. Key points to come out of this story were as follows-

PARKLAND (CBSMiami) –  

“I think about it to this day. What if I had chosen to go left instead of right?” It’s a question that haunts student Sid Fischer. “What if I was where they were?”

Fischer is referring to his Stoneman Douglas classmates who darted to the opposite side of their classroom when confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz opened fire into their Holocaust History class.

Fischer sat down with CBS4, as did his classmates Daniel Zaphrany, Kelly Plaur, Hannah Carbozzi and their teacher, Ivy Schamis.

For the first time, as a group, they shared their harrowing, firsthand account of surviving February’s mass shooting in Parkland.

They lost two of their classmates, Nicholas Dworet and Helena Ramsay.  Four others, huddled in the same spot as Dworet and Ramsay, were wounded.

“Those who went to the right, survived,” Fischer said.  “Those who went to the opposite corner of the classroom, were shot.  It was that random.”

Was It Random? Auschwitz Selection

Selection

According to Polish historian Franciszek Piper, of the 1,095,000 Jews deported to Auschwitz, around 205,000 were registered in the camp and given serial numbers; 25,000 were sent to other camps; and 865,000 were killed soon after arrival.[201] Adding non-Jewish victims gives a figure of 900,000 who were killed without being registered.[202]

During “selection” on arrival, those deemed able to work were sent to the right and admitted into the camp (registered), and the rest were sent to the left to be gassed. The group selected to die included almost all children, women with small children, the elderly, and others who appeared on brief and superficial inspection by an SS doctor not to be fit for work.[203] Practically any fault—scars, bandages, boils and emaciation—might provide reason enough to be deemed unfit.[204] Children might be made to walk toward a stick held at a certain height; those who could walk under it were selected for the gas.[205] Inmates unable to walk or who arrived at night were taken to the crematoria on trucks; otherwise the new arrivals were marched there.[206] Their belongings were seized and sorted by inmates in the “Kanada” warehouses, an area of the camp that housed 30 barracks used as storage facilities for plundered goods; it derived its name from the inmates’ view of Canada as a land of plenty.

Summary – History Repeats Itself

Looking at the CBS report and what happened at Auschwitz makes it seem that those students in that class had a modern-day experience parallel to what those Jews went through during the Holocaust. Those who were selected to go to the left were immediately killed while in Auschwitz those who went right survived, but the majority were killed later.

Those students at Parkland who survived were not under any further threat.

President Biden seems to have forgotten his trips to Dachau referred to in one of my previous Blogs.

We are commanded in Parshat Zachor to remember what Amalek did to us.

Those children at Parkland in the Holocaust class never forgot.

Those Holocaust survivors never forgot.

I and all Israelis never forgot what the Palestinian terrorists did to our brothers at Munich and are still doing to our brothers and sisters here in Israel.

It seems President Biden is not too concerned.

The problem for President Biden is that G-d never forgets our people. And punishes those who side with our enemies.

Let’s hope President Biden along with all his supporters get the message sooner than later.

 

 

 

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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