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☞   Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) Readings

This is an archive of public readings selected for Juneteenth, (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth) – officially Juneteenth National Independence Day (also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day). Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans after the defeat of the pro-slavery Confederacy in the Civil War. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, and since 2021, as a federal holiday, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas.

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הַצְהָרַת הָאֵמַנְצִיפַּצְיָה | The Emancipation Proclamation (1863), translated, vocalized and cantillated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

In honor of Juneteenth, the holiday of American liberation, this is a translation of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation into Biblical Hebrew. . . .