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NJ Attorney General Celebrates Chanukah in Trenton

Rabbi Kanelsky presenting the dreidel to Attorney General Matthew Platkin.

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) On Friday, Dec. 15, the last day of Chanukah, the Attorney General of the state of New Jersey, Matthew J. Platkin, celebrated Chanukah at his office along with his staff, police officers and other high-ranking law enforcement members. Platkin expressed his personal enjoyment at celebrating Chanukah at his office, elaborating on the significance on the final day of Chanukah, which possesses the power and elevation of all the other days combined.

The speakers at the event included Joel Friedman, chaplain of the Bergen County sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices; Rabbi Yossi Carlebach, executive director of Chabad of Rutgers; Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, administrator of Chabad of Rutgers; and Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom.

(l-r) Attorney General Matthew Platkin, Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, Rabbi Joel Friedman, Rabbi Mendy Carlebach and Rabbi Yossi Carlebach.

Rabbi Kanelsky presented an ornate dreidel to the attorney general, a memento of Israel. Rabbi Kanleksy then expressed his awe at lighting a menorah at the highest-ranking law office in the entire state, in stark contrast to his childhood in Russia, when even lighting in one’s own home was forbidden. He expressed his appreciation to the attorney general for proclaiming Judaism in the most beautiful manner.

The attorney general honored 16 people with lighting the two menorahs at the office and the air was filled with joy and happiness.

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