By the Grace of G‑d
20th of Tammuz, 5724
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[June 30, 1964]

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letters of June 26th and 22nd, as well as your previous letters.

I was pleased to read that you were present at the celebration of Yud-Beis Tammuz in London, where you were also the guest speaker. I trust that you will agree with me, and this is quite obvious to me, that your presence in London does not relieve you from being present at a Yud-Beis Tammuz celebration in Manchester. And although, of course, you cannot be in two places at the same time, there are two days, i.e. 48 hours, in which to celebrate the auspicious days of 12th-13th of Tammuz. Surely, when G‑d granted the opportunity to transform an ordinary weekday into a Yom-Tovdic day and a day of Segulo, one should take advantage of it, particularly a public figure, especially a prominent one, like yourself, whose first loyalty must be to his own community where he is a leader and pace-setter.

You do not mention anything about the outcome of the negotiations with the Director of the bank. I trust that this matter has eventually been resolved in a satisfactory manner.

With regard to the wedding arrangements, I do not understand at all the logic of Mr... going to solicit the advice of a Dayan and then ignoring it and being Broiges. At any rate it is not my business to complicate relations between one Jew and another, especially as it is of no practical consequence. I am certain that the Chuppah and the wedding dinner will [be] arranged and take place with a Mechitzo and with due dignity and splendor1, in a happy and auspicious hour. And if it is your Zechus and that of Mrs. Jaffe to arrange this (if the Machutonim will not change their mind in the interim), may G‑d grant that you should have the Zechus to celebrate many Simchas without, of course, any of the present complications.

I am only surprised a little that you should inquire in your letter if I am in agreement with you in regard to your decision to arrange the wedding dinner, etc., for there can be no question about it at all.

I am also pleased about another thing, namely that you saw at once that the geruss which I asked to convey to Dayan Weiss was well worth the trouble of conveying it to him; although at the time I noticed that you were not particularly enthusiastic about it. Needless to say, not being a prophet, I had not foreseen that there would be an immediate reward, but I mention this to emphasize that when one does something good which is connected with Ahavas Yisroel, the reward is very often instantaneous.

With a blessing for happy tidings in regard to all the above, and with joy and gladness of heart,

M. Schneerson


By the Grace of G‑d
3rd of Sivan, 5724
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[May 14, 1964]

Mr. and Mrs. Fishel Mann
22 Brantwood Road
Salford 7, Lancs. England

Greeting and Blessing:

1 was pleased to receive your letter, as well as regards, through your brother-in-law and brother Mr. Shneur Zalmon Jaffe. I consider it auspicious to have received same on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the day when the Jewish people arrived at Mt. Sinai, in eager anticipation of receiving the Torah. For they Were reaching the conclusion of the period of counting which they began on the day after the Exodus from Egypt, As a matter of fact, the period of Sfira links the two festivals, the Festival of Freedom with the Festival of Mattan Torah, and emphasizes that the Festival of Mattan Torah is really the goal and culmination of the Festival of Our Freedom. In other words true and complete freedom in a material sense can be attained only through spiritual freedom which the Jew attains through the Torah and Mitzvoth.

Furthermore the Torah unites the Jewish people to G‑d, and similarly brings unity within every Jew, the unity of the body and soul, which is expressed in the daily life in accordance with the Torah and Mitzvoth, and is also the source of G‑d's blessings materially and spiritually. May G‑d grant that this should be so also in your case, in the midst of all our Jewish people.

Hoping to hear good news from you always, and wishing you and yours a happy and inspiring Festival of Kabbolas HaTorah. With blessing,