By the Grace of G‑d

5 Tammuz,1 5727 [1967]

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings:

[…] We now stand at the threshold of the auspicious days2 of Yud-Beis-Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, the joyous time of the redemption of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], the nasi of our generation.3

At this time, may it be G‑d’s Will that his zechus stand by each and every one of us, together with all our fellow Jews,4 drawing down G‑d’s blessings in whatever material and spiritual areas that they are needed. These areas obviously include great success in disseminating Yiddishkeit, and the revealed and innermost dimensions of the Torah, and the observance of mitzvos. And may all of this be carried out in a spirit of true tranquility and with a happy heart.

The above applies with particular emphasis from this time on, for this year is the fortieth anniversary of his redemption, and Chazal teach that “[only] after the passage of forty years can a man plumb the full depth of his Rebbe’s perception.”5 This means the full depth of the perception and understanding6 and wisdom7 of his teachings.8

After forty years a person not only plumbs the full depth of his Rebbe’s perception9 and Torah teachings, by having closely studied the relevant topics and their wording.10 Beyond that, in the course of forty years G‑d grants him “a heart to know and eyes to see and ears to hear”11 the essential innermost Divine intent12 underlying the events of these days. In the words of the pasuk,13 “everything that G‑d did before your eyes in the Land of Egypt…, those signs and mighty miracles.”

This applies all the more according to the teaching of the Baal Shem Tov14 that everything that a person sees or hears15 is a Heaven-sent directive for him in his service of G‑d – and one ought to plumb the depth of his Divine Mentor’s intention in the current directive.

In this spirit, a close and intensive study of the maamarim of Chassidus that were delivered [by the Rebbe Rayatz] during these days, and a study of his sichos and writings concerning these days, will no doubt enrich each chassid’s profound and illuminating grasp of “his mentor’s perception,” and enrich his understanding of the Rebbe’s imprisonment and release, his exile and his redemption.

With blessings,

Menachem Schneerson

P.S. During these days of redemption, and also during the days before and after them, chassidim will no doubt study the maamarim that were delivered in Tammuz, 5687 [1927], the year of the redemption, “now forty years ago.”16