The 220th General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, which included the swearing-in ceremony for assembly members, the speaker of the house, and all office-holders, was held on January 11.
Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom in Hillside was honored by giving the benediction, where he blessed the assembled and their family members.
In his talk, as a way to honor the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, z”l, who valued education, Rabbi Kanelsky suggested that schools be mandated to speak about God and to observe a moment of silence. He also said that it behooves the governing body to adhere the seven Noahide Laws that are the cornerstone of a lasting and just society.
He concluded his benediction by putting a dollar, which, he noted, has the words “In God We Trust” engraved on it, into a charity box, elaborating on the symbolism of charity from one to another.