By the Grace of G‑d
13 Menachem Av, 5712 [1952]

Greetings and Blessings!

Just1 now I received your letter of erev Shabbos, and it appears that once again your spirits have fallen!

Why should you weaken your state of mind by thinking up all kinds of thoughts and lines of argument that are (G‑d forbid) not positive? I have alerted you concerning this a few times in the past, yet it seems that this message has not yet reached you — or, as that word2 [in the Holy Tongue] is interpreted in Likkutei Torah at the beginning of Parshas Shemini, this message has not yet touched you.

Be strong in your trust that you will be wealthy. Indeed, it is not out of the question that because of your unorganized mode of life, you are already wealthy but do not know it. At any rate, this will no doubt come about in its own good time, provided that you commit yourself to the content of the Alter Rebbe’s teaching that we heard from my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz] — that the Holy One, blessed be He, grants Jews materiality, and they transform materiality into spirituality.

With regard to your upcoming trip in particular, let your mind not lose sight of the trip’s spiritual aspect, i.e., my request to you concerning a certain visit and a chassidisher farbrengen102 [...].

With blessings for success,