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  • About that Rosh Hashanah greeting card…

    I really should have heeded the warning of my local postmaster 85 years ago:  POSTMASTER URGES EARLY MAILING OF ROSH HASHANAH CARDS (published Aug. 19, 1926) Sir: The purpose of this letter is to enlist your aid in the campaign which the postoffice is making to give publicity to the necessity on the part of… More ▸

  • Like Ike and Israel in Abilene, Kansas

    If you find yourself in Abilene, Kansas this Labor Day weekend, it’s your last chance to see the 8 Wonders of Kansas exhibit at the Dwight D. Eisenhower presidential library. The exhibit is free. Of course, if you’re looking for a real thrill… [[READMORE]] Pick a weekday that isn’t a federal holiday for behind-the-scenes look… More ▸

  • Hoover hears a Jew

    Herbert Hoover, president from 1929-1933 (and whose birthday is today), has a few less-than-cheery associations: Hoovertowns, the Great Depression, and his pre-presidency role as head of Food Administration during World War I, which involved food-rationing slogans like “when in doubt, eat potatoes.”. What he probably isn’t known for is involvement with the Jewish community. But… More ▸