By the Grace of G‑d
22 Menachem Av, 5717 [1957]

Greetings and Blessings!

In1 response to the letter in which you write that it appears to you that your lot2 does not bring you success, and so forth:

Avert your attention from all of that, because it is not true. The Holy One, blessed be He, Who creates and conducts the world and Who is the essence of good, watches over the affairs of every man and woman among the Children of Israel. When they construct the appropriate vessels that can receive the Creator’s blessings — those vessels being [obedience to] the Torah and its commandments — they call forth the blessings and receive them and succeed in their lives. Moreover, the stronger their trust in G‑d’s acts of lovingkindness, the greater will the blessing be and the sooner will it come.

You should therefore organize your life in such a way that it should accord with the directives of our Torah, the Torah of Life,89 and should continue working in your present occupation, or in the occupation that preceded it, so that it will be easier for you to settle into your work. And may G‑d grant you success.

It would be appropriate for you to have your tefillin checked to ensure that they are valid according to the requirements of the law, and every morning after the morning prayers you should recite a few chapters of Tehillim,79 or at least one.

With blessings,

[Signed by a secretary on behalf of the Rebbe]