Last week, on the last day of Chanukah, Matthew J. Platkin, New Jersey’s attorney general, celebrated Chanukah at his office with his staff, police officers, and other high-ranking law enforcement members. He honored 16 people with the privilege of lighting the two menorahs at the office.
Mr. Platkin talked about the pleasure he gets when he celebrates Chanukah at his office, elaborating on the significance of the holiday’s last day, which has the power and elevation of all the other days combined.
The day’s speakers included Joel Friedman, chaplain of the Bergen County sheriff and prosecutor’s office; Rabbi Yossi Carlebach, the executive director of Chabad of Rutgers; Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, the administrator of Chabad of Rutgers; and Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, Bris Avrohom’s executive director, who gave the attorney general an ornate dreidel from Israel.
Rabbi Kanelsky talked about the awe he feels at lighting a menorah at the office of the highest-ranking law officer in the state. This was in stark contrast to his childhood in Russia, when even lighting in your own home was forbidden. He expressed his appreciation to Mr. Platkin for hosting the celebration.