By the Grace of G‑d
5th of Menachem Av, 5724
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[July 14, 1964]

Greeting and Blessing:

This is to confirm receipt of your letter of July 5th. Subsequently your son conveyed to me the further developments in regard to the matter of the wedding arrangements. May G‑d grant that the matter should eventually be resolved in the way that is truly good and, what is the most essential thing, that the wedding should take place in a happy and auspicious hour and be a Binyan Adei Ad.

With regard to the Shool, I was sorry to note that there has been such a delay with the construction. But may G‑d grant that in this matter too things should be resolved in a much better way, and much sooner than anticipated. The essential thing is that the congregation should be truly worthy of the title of a Jewish congregation, namely Kehila Kadisha.

Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness in conveying to me the report of the celebration of Yud Beis Tammuz in Kfar Chabad, as reported to you by your brother Moshe. Such information of the growing strength of the Torah and Mitzvoth, through the establishment of new institutions, houses of prayer and houses of learning etc., is particularly welcome and timely at this time when we are commemorating the Destruction of the Beth Hamikdash and the beginning of the present Exile. For, as we say in our prayers, “Because of our sins we have been exiled from our land.” Therefore it is necessary to reduce the cause, namely the neglect of the Torah and Mitzvoth, in order to reduce the effect, namely the Destruction and Exile, and every effort in this direction, to the extent of eliminating altogether the cause of the events commemorated in these days, will hasten the complete Redemption of our people through our righteous Moshiach.

With blessing,

M. Schneerson