By the Grace of G‑d
5th of Tishrei, 5718
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[September 30, 1957]

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter of September 19th, in which you ask my opinion with regard to the future education of your son, Abraham Joseph.

Considering his age, and the preparation that is required for life in the present troubled times, it is my opinion that he should dedicate at least one year to the exclusive study of the Torah. If this is difficult to arrange in Manchester, no doubt Gateshead or London will offer the proper conditions.

I need hardly say that the first thing that is most essential in life, on which everything else depends, including Parnosso, is courage and peace of mind. And, to devote one year to the ex­clusive study of the Torah, is the least preparation that a Jewish boy can do, before entering into mature independent life. This year should not, G‑d forbid, be considered as a sacrifice, rather as a very good investment, and a springboard for future success, whatever his choice should be, either a career or business.

I trust you will find, the enclosed message interesting and useful.

With prayerful wishes for a Chasimo ugmar chasimo toiva1, and with blessing,

M. Schneerson