By the Grace of G‑d
25 Shvat, 5715 [1955]

Greetings and Blessings!

This1 reply relates to your letter of 12 Shvat. There you write of the financial state of your family and of your difficulties in earning a living, particularly since you have to support other family members, and hence you ask whether the gates of Heaven have been closed (G‑d forbid) and why the way of the worthless2 prospers.

There is surely no need to explain at length that the question of not only why the way of the worthless propers, but even the way of the wicked,3 was already asked by Moshe Rabbeinu (see Berachos 7a).4 Now, since that time a few thousand years have passed. During this time the Jewish people have been following the path of the Torah and its commandments, and specifically for that reason our nation has survived. As it is written, “And you who cleave to the L‑rd your G‑d” — specifically for this reason and only for this reason — “are all alive today.”5

The same applies to every one of us, man or woman. If there are things that are achieved with difficulty, especially with regard to making a living, this is not (G‑d forbid) because one observes the Torah and its commandments. Quite the contrary. By fortifying one’s trust in G‑d, Who “provides nourishment and sustenance for all,” “with lovingkindness and with mercy,”168 one lessens these difficulties, and ultimately the state of one’s livelihood also improves. The spiritual remedy6 to secure this is likewise an increase in one’s Torah study and in one’s observance of the mitzvos. As it is written, “If you walk in the ways of My statutes and observe My commandments...,” then “I will grant [your rains in their season, and the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will yield their fruit].”7

You no doubt know of the practice instituted by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz] — a daily reading from the Book of Tehillim,79as apportioned for the days of the month. From now on, at least, you should observe this practice, and may it be G‑d’s Will that this, too, will bring about a speedier improvement in your situation.

With blessing,

[Signed by a secretary on behalf of the Rebbe]