By the Grace of G‑d
13th of Shevat, 5722
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[January 18, 1962]

Sholom uBrocho:

I am in receipt of your letter of Jan. 10th. On the day of the Hilulo I was at the holy resting place of my father-in-law of saintly memory and remembered you in prayer for the fulfillment of your heart’s desires for good.

I note that while you were writing your letter you sold an additional order of old stock. May this be a good beginning to increase your sales at an accelerated pace.

I looked in vain for some word about the preparations for Yud Shevat, but I take it for granted that this is an omission only in writing, but in fact you had a very inspiring gathering in observance of this auspicious day. This day once again emphasizes that a Jew must never despair no matter what the odds seem to be. A more unequal battle than that which my father-in-law waged against the might of so ruthless a dictatorship, can hardly be imagined. Yet he came out victorious, and the fruits of his victory can be seen to this day. For when a Jew is attached to G‑d he partakes of supernatural powers and becomes master over the natural forces.

The lesson for all of us who, thank G‑d, are not faced with such odds, not a fraction of them, is obvious. May the inspiration of this day accompany every one of us throughout the year.

Looking forward to good and better news from you,

With blessing,

M. Schneerson