By the Grace of G‑d
13th of Iyar, 5720
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[May 10, 1960]

Greeting and Blessing:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your two recent letters, and thank you in anticipation of keeping me posted on developments. May G‑d grant that the time come soon when the saying of our Sages which we say every day in our prayers “Talmidei Chachomim increase peace in the world” – in the world at large and certainly in and on immediate surroundings and affairs, will be fulfilled. It is not difficult to see the tremendous influence of the Yetzer Hora “dancing” in areas of communal activity and spreading unfounded animosity and disunity, despite the fact that these factors were responsible for the destruction of the Beth Hamikdosh, as is well known.

Now that we are in the days of Sefira and approaching Lag B’Omer, behind which, as the Gemoro tells us, was the disunity and disrespect among the students of Rabbi Akiva, let us hope that the lesson will not be lost, ח"ו.

Hoping to hear good news from you, with blessing,

M. Schneerson