P.E.A.C.E. = Shalom-Episode Four – Parshat Chaya Sara- Another Meaning For The Number 20


Sara was said to be as free of sin at the age of 100 as she was at 20, and as beautiful at 20 as she was at age 7. The word beauty can apply to many things, and one meaning can be peace.  At least that is how I see it since a person who looks at beauty more often than not also feels peaceful and calm. So the beauty the commentators seem to be speaking about is that innocent beauty you see in a 7 year old girl.

But unfortunately, when the JFK assassination took place, there was another meaning for the number 20 which I want to discuss in this Blog.

I was informed at that time that a 20-year pattern had developed which represented the time frame between each Presidential assassination or assassination attempt, and with JFK’s in 1963, that time frame appeared to still be valid, though JFK was the first assassination in over 60 years.

Some of the previous assassinations being –

Abraham Lincoln on Good Friday, April 14, 1865.

James A. Garfield’s took place at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C., at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 1881

William McKinley’s  took place at 4:07 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 1901, at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York.

President Harry Truman was subject of an assassination attempt in mid-1947-

During the pending of the independence of Israel, the Zionist Stern Gang was believed to have sent a number of letter bombs addressed to the president and high-ranking staff at the White House. The Secret Service had been alerted by British intelligence after similar letters had been sent to high-ranking British officials and the Gang claimed credit. The mail room of the White House intercepted the letters and the Secret Service defused them. At the time, the incident was not publicized. Truman’s daughter Margaret Truman confirmed the incident in her biography of Truman published in 1972. It had earlier been told in a memoir by Ira R.T. Smith, who worked in the mail room.

So let’s carry on from JFK’s assassination in 1963, with a more detailed analysis of each event-

Again, starting from JFK’s 1963 shooting in Dallas, which was followed by a nationally broadcast assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981.

Then instead of an assassination attempt on the President, there were the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and finally we arrive at 2019.

Taking each event individually, I make the following observations, and please note they all are spaced roughly 20 years apart-

In the JFK assassination, it is believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman shooting from the 6th Floor window of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas.

In the Reagan assassination attempt, the gunman shot at point blank range while President Reagan was in the process of entering the Presidential limousine.

In the 9/11 attacks, instead of intending to murder the President, the terrorists targeted the two tallest buildings in NY at the start of the business day, so it would be filled with a maximum number of people. Another target was the Pentagon; the US Military Headquarters, and Flight 93, was most likely targeting the US Capitol Building where all US Lawmakers are seated. Also at a time when both the Pentagon and US Capitol Building would have a maximum number of people.

At the time of 9/11, I can remember President Bush being flown to an undisclosed location in case the terrorists were also targeting him. But, in reality, the 9/11 attacks had a greater impact on the US than the damage any Presidential assassination could have done.

So What Does This All Mean?

In the JFK assassination, the assassin had to shoot from a very long distance to hit the target.

In the Reagan shooting, the assassin shot from point blank range.

In the 9/11 attacks, all planes hit their target with the exception of Flight 93.

In 2019, the US has been most likely subject to an attack from within the US Capitol Building itself, to finish the job that Flight 93 was supposed to accomplish. And I have commented in a previous Blog, that to see those four Squad Members standing together in Congress with microphones reminds me of the four hijackers on Flight 93, standing with knives before they began their assault the pilots, crew and passengers. The movies made about Flight 93, support this point about the hijackers and the weapons they were holding.

In other words, each of the first two events came closer to the President, but kept a distance from the American people,  when comparing JFK’s to Reagan’s. But the terrorists in 9/11 did not want to only attack one person, the President, but rather as many Americans as possible. And since Flight 93 did not finish the job, it appears any or all “Squad” members may just fit the part. Sitting in the very building and among the same people that Flight 93 was supposed to destroy.

Of course nothing has been proven, but this is something we should all be aware of since the timing is right for another attack similar to 9/11.


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 and Analyst. 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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