By the Grace of G‑d
4 Shvat, 5712 [1952]

Greetings and Blessings!

Yesterday1 R. Hodakov2 told me of your telephone conversation, and just now your special delivery letter arrived with its newspaper cuttings.

You write that you are worried because it appears to you that another businessman can possibly cramp your orders and lessen your income (G‑d forbid), and you ask for my opinion.

In accordance with your request, I shall mention your name again when I visit the holy resting place of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], of saintly memory.

At any rate, like all Jews, who are “believers, the descendants of believers,”3 you should rest assured that “a man’s livelihood is budgeted for him from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur.”4 The income that G‑d has fixed for you, which I am sure is generous, no one can lessen and certainly no one can take away.

One thing only: One must be firm in one’s trust, and one must do so joyfully. For it is taught in the Zohar, Parshas Tetzaveh (page 184b): This lowly world of oursreceives its entire flow of beneficence from Above. If down here [people live their lives] with joy and with light, then the world Above reciprocates in kind, with light and with joy. Moreover, it is written that one must83 “serve G‑d with joy.” Hence, if a Jew is joyful, this joyfulness down here calls down upon him a corresponding joy from Above.

This is especially relevant in your case, since you have the merit of having brought benefit upon the public by enabling the publication of one of the works of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], of saintly memory. This merit will no doubt stand you in good stead so that you will be blessed with an ample income and, even more importantly, so that you will use it successfully for healthy purposes and disburse it generously for matters of Torah and mitzvos.

I hope to hear good news from you.

In connection with the [forthcoming] anniversary of the passing of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], of saintly memory, I enclose my suggestions for the customs to be practiced on that day.5

With blessings,