1. Blessings. [The following was said at 2:30 p.m., when the first group of Anash entered the Rebbe’s study to receive his blessing:] May G‑d grant a genuine arousal of teshuvah, with regret over the past and a positive commitment for the future. May He grant that you all be sealed, and finally sealed, for good things – for a good and sweet year, materially and spiritually.

[The same blessing was given to the second group a few hours later, with the following words inserted after “for the future:”] ..., and with an acceptance of the yoke of the Sovereignty of Heaven for the whole year.

2. Blessings for Latecomers. [Before nightfall, a number of Anash who for various reasons had been unable to enter the Rebbe’s study earlier, wanted to enter now and receive his blessing. In response, he asked that the following message be relayed to them:] It can’t be done at this time – not because I don’t begrudge my time or my health, but because I heard from my revered father that this time is not appropriate for people at large. It is appropriate for family members and relatives, but not for people at large. They (that is, the chassidim who wanted to be admitted) are included in the earlier thought (which related to the earlier groups), and may G‑d grant that all the blessings should be fulfilled.

3. Yom Kippur Customs. [The Rebbe davened in his study. For Al Daas HaMakom, those who were holding the sifrei Torah joined him there, together with the chazzan. They then returned to the shul that was near his study and the chazzan said Kol Nidrei, while the Rebbe’s door was ajar.

[Shacharis began at about 8:30 a.m., and the Torah Reading was held in his study. For Hazkaras Neshamos,1 the two sifrei Torah were placed on the reading desk, one to his right and the other to his left. During Hazkaras Neshamos the Rebbe held the etz chayim of the sefer that was on his right. He directed that Mussaf should be completed no later than 3:30 p.m.

[At Minchah, the Torah Reading was held in his study, and he was called to the Torah for Maftir Yonah. After Maariv he personally made Havdalah over wine.]