By the Grace of G‑d
5 Elul, 5714 [1954]

Greetings and Blessings!

[...] With1 blessings [...] that you convey good news concerning an improvement in your father’s health,


P.S. You write that it there is reason to argue that you should be at home during Rosh HaShanah (May it come to us favorably!), even though a number of [your fellow] students will remain within the Tomchei Temimim Yeshivah during those auspicious days. And the reason given is that your father’s health is not as it should be.

I was amazed and shocked by such a lack of trust in G‑d — that late in the month of Menachem Av2 one states as a fact, and regards as certain (G‑d forbid), that in a month’s time his father’s health will not be as it ought to be, and that one therefore accepts the argument that he should invest less time in the avodah of davenen,90 and so on. It would have been preferable — and more in the spirit of the teaching ofour holy Rebbeim, “Think positively, and things will be positive”197 — to be certain that your father’s health will improve, and that you will certainly be able to increase your Divine service, “the service of the heart,”3 as fully as required.