The Kennedy Curse

On a trip back to the United States, Joseph Kennedy, the founding father, aboard an ocean liner that was also carrying Israel Jacobson, a poor Lubavitcher rabbi, and six of his yeshiva students, who were fleeing the Nazis, complained to the ship’s captain about the distracting noises caused by the Jewish passengers praying on the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah, demanding that they be forbidden to continue praying which to him was so distracting to fellow passengers. “Rabbi Jacobson put a curse on Kennedy, damning him and all his male offspring to tragic fates.”….

There is another variation on this story where Joseph Kennedy was visiting Great Britain during World War II and a Jewish refugee came to him and begged him for assistance in getting his sons out of Europe and Joseph Kennedy ignored him. The refugee then placed a curse that involved Joseph Kennedy’s sons facing the same fate that the refugee’s sons did.

Another similar story claims that Joseph Kennedy sold weapons to Nazi Germany. Because of this, a Jewish town found out and all the towns people prayed for a curse on his family.



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  1. 1

    i heard he physically struck rabbi Jacobson while wearing Teffilin unsubstantiated at this moment

    January 19, 2011   5:43 am
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    The curse is true, but the various reasons given are incorrect. It wasn’t that Joe Sr tried to stop the Rabbi and the students from praying on the Jewish high holy days on the cruise liner; it wasn’t the jewish refugee incident in the UK; IT IS CONNECTED TO THE SELLING OF GUNS TO THE NAZIS BEFORE THE US ENTERED THE WAR! AS A YOUNG BOY I WAS TOLD THE FOLLOWING BY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO KNEW AS ONLY THEY COULD KNOW HAVING LOST MUCH OF OUR FAMILY IN WWII TO THE NAZIS. Here is what happened. Upon liberating a nazi camp survivors of the camp were told of the involvement by Joe Sr of his selling the guns to the nazis as they rose to power. When many asked a Grand Rabbi who was liberated from the camp “what should we do” the Rabbi told them to do nothing! The Rabbi then recited the prayer that is used by many Orthodox Jews (to this day) in the daily and Shabbot Prayer books. The prayer recited is attributed to G-D and goes something to the effect, (Paraphrazing here) Those that sin against my children shall be punished for up to 3 and even 4 generations. That simple! There is nothing that can remove the curse, nothing to stop what will still happen to this and to the next generation of all those that came from Joe Sr and Rose kennedy. Perhaps through the family’s actions of pennence, only G-D himself (for the very liberal or herself) can remove or cancel to what ever degree is desired this very unfortunate future bad tidings. Even if the Grand Rabbi who recited the prayer had not done so the results would have been the same. G-D sees all and let this be a warning to all to come that to sin against G-D’s children, the children of Israel (Jews) the same will happen. So let it be said. So let it be written. Karma is a bit_h, isn’t it. Don’t believe me? See for yourself as Caroline K and the others have children and they are the next generation. Sad but true.

    July 8, 2011   4:20 pm

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