Rabbi and Rebbitzen’s Corner June 2023
By Eric Carlson on May 22, 2023
Spring and May have flown by! We are now in June, getting ready for summer! The Summer solstice, the longest day of the year occurs on Wednesday, June 21st,2023 at 9:57 AM. June 10th is Flag Day! Flag Day is a celebration of the adoption of the American flag by Continental Congress in the First Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. Although the 200-year anniversary of this date was celebrated by flying flags on public buildings and holding remembrances in several cities, Flag Day wasn’t officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949. To observe Flag Day, fly your American flag! It’s also a time to remember and honor military men and women who defend our flag and our country.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th; Father’s Day is a holiday honoring one’s father, or relevant father figure. The single most common date among world countries is the third Sunday of June, which was founded in the state of Washington, United States by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910 to honor Fathers! Then the next day, Monday, June 19th is Juneteenth. A federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Deriving its name from combining “June” and “nineteenth”, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order, issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas. Originating in Galveston, Juneteenth has since been observed annually in various parts of the United States.
June also means that school is out and summer is in full swing, which means one thing – it’s time for a vacation. Everybody loves June, right? It’s typically the month with the most daylight hours to enjoy, which means endless summer BBQs, basking in the sun on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and pool time! Or maybe spending time at Bush Gardens, or Bush Water Country! Our area is rich in history! Before the humidity sets in this month is a good time to visit Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Center, or Colonial Williamsburg! Whatever activity you and your family choose, always remember to pray for your safety and travel mercies before you go! Remember to stay hydrated and don’t forget the sunscreen! Praying you have a blessed and fun filled summer!
Rabbi and Rebbitzen Carlson!