By the Grace of G‑d
1st Day of Chanukah, 5725
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[November 30, 1964]

Greeting and Blessing:

I have been wondering why there have been such long intervals between your letters. May G‑d grant that this be a good sign that things are well and in good order.

Coming from the auspicious day of Yud-Tes Kislev, and having now entered the happy days of Chanukah, I want to wish you and Mrs. Jaffe and all yours, including also all of Anash, and your community as a whole, to be lastingly inspired by these meaningful and auspicious days. And in accordance with the message of the Chanukah lights which are kindled in growing numbers day after day, may all your affairs grow brighter and brighter, both materially and spiritually.

With blessing,

M. Schneerson

I have now received your latest letter, which still does not explain the long interval between your letters, but there is surely a good reason.

With regard to your question why should your son-in-law learn in a specified place, while he could learn in another place at much smaller cost, I hope you will not take it amiss if I answer your question with a question of my own, in [an] area where you are an expert. The same answer will apply in both. My question is: At first glance it seems strange that you should go to such trouble and expense and inconvenience and privation – to go to… Japan in order to place an order for footwear there. Would it not have saved you much expense, trouble, etc., to place your order for footwear with a local manufacturer? But undoubtedly, the thought had also occurred to you, but you decided wisely that the kind of merchandise you desire and at the right price could not be obtained in M/c and that the trip, expense, etc. were justified.

Reiterating my prayerful wishes for a Happy Chanukah.