By the Grace of G‑d
Rosh Chodesh Shvat 5725 [1965]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and Blessings!

Regarding today’s date the Torah says: “In the eleventh month, on the first day of the month…, Moshe began to explain the Torah,”1 and Rashi writes that “he explained it to them2 in seventy languages.”

There is an emanation of Moshe in every generation, in the six hundred thousand souls,3 but it is out of sight and is heavily obscured.4

Moreover, that emanation is present in every tzaddik and sage who engages in Torah study.5

And beyond that: In every generation, sparks of the soul of Moshe Rabbeinu descend and are vested in the body and soul6 of the sages of that generation, “the eyes of the community,”7 so that they can “teach the people understanding,”8 and hence serve G‑d with heart and soul.9

It follows from the above that the obligation to teach the people understanding and the service of G‑d includes the obligation to explain the Torah in seventy languages,10 for whoever among the people who may need it.

This approach to teaching is clearly seen in the work of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], who had Torah texts, including the teachings of Chassidus, translated into several languages. This included not only languages in the literal sense, but also the seventy “languages” and facets of the Torah that are comprised in the Torah’s sole language – the Holy Tongue.11 The aim was to explain also the mystical dimension12 of the Torah, which in our generations has been revealed in the teachings of Chassidus, to every individual, even to the unscholarly.

The above is also true of the obligation to guide them along a path in the service of G‑d, with heart and soul.

May it be G‑d’s Will that in these days, as we approach the anniversary of the passing13 [of the Rebbe Rayatz], and more intensively on that day itself, the tenth day of the eleventh month,14 every individual will be aroused to make positive resolutions that will find expression in actual deeds.15 Their aim: to walk in his above-mentioned paths and ways, constantly and consistently, in a manner that can be described by the terms netzach, selah and va’ed, which indicate uninterrupted eternity.16

May every individual increase his endeavors in all the areas for which, in the words of our Rebbe and Nasi, whose hillula is imminent, “This is a propitious day for you to bond with the tree of life, and may you, with your wives, your sons and your daughters, receive G‑d’s blessings with abundant life and livelihood, and joyful satisfaction from your offspring.”17

May you be blessed with children, life and livelihood, in abundance.

With blessings,

Menachem Schneerson