By the Grace of G‑d
24 Kislev, 5714 [1953]

Greetings and Blessings!

[...] You1 write that you are taking stock of the period since your arrival in town. Generally speaking, the month of stocktaking is the month of Elul. In the course of the year, one only does accounting that will certainly not weaken one’s avodah,90and — obviously — that will leave no room for the faintest trace of despair.2 To quote the classic witticism, Yiush — shelo midaas!3 [I.e., “When can there be despair? Only when there is no understanding...”]