By the Grace of G‑d
2 Sivan, 5712 [1952]

Greetings and Blessings!

Your1 letters of 9/4 and 2/5 reached me after having been delayed on their way here, and I was very happy to read that your wife’s confinement went well and that she gave birth to a son who is named [...].

May G‑d grant that you, together with your wife, should raise him and your older son to the study of Torah, to the marriage canopy, and to the practice of good deeds,2 and may you be granted an ample livelihood.

Your letter mentions your anxiety about your income. You ought to keep in mind something that is written in the holy books — that when a son is born, this is an auspicious sign of blessing in the household. That includes one’s livelihood. In order to accelerate this, one needs to be strong in one’s trust in G‑d, for it is He Who “provides nourishment and sustenance for all,”. From the first blessing of the Grace after a Meal. and seeks to do so “from His full hand.”. Cf. the third blessing of the Grace after a Meal.

Another thing to keep in mind is that one has to fashion vessels that will contain G‑d’s blessings. In general terms, this means studying Torah and observing the mitzvos; in particular, it means contributing tzedakah. If a person thinks that his livelihood is meager, he should donate more than previously. In that way he shows G‑d that his charitable needs are greater [than heretofore], and as a matter of course He will then provide a greater income than heretofore.

May G‑d grant that you and your wife both be firm in your trust, and that you will soon see the fulfillment of G‑d’s blessing for an ample livelihood.

With blessings for sound health for yourself and your wife and children, and for a happy Shavuos festival,