By the Grace of G‑d
First day of Adar II, 5719 [1959]

Greetings and Blessings!

This1 is a reply to your letter of 25 Adar I, with its enclosures.

At an auspicious time I will mention your name and the name of your cousin at the holy resting place of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], in connection with the needs of which you write.

Certainly as far as you are concerned — for you are “the man who has seen affliction”2 as well as G‑d’s acts of kindness in your rescue from distress and from numerous hardships — there is no need to explain at length that trusting in G‑d, the Creator of the universe and its Master, is justified not only with regard to life in the World to Come, but also with regard to matters in This World. This is so even though This World is physical and material, and “the affairs of This World are severe and evil,” as is also stated towards the end of chapter 6 in the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya.

According to medical science likewise, the stronger a man’s attribute of trust, the more energetic he is, and this also influences his physical health and his mood, which in turn promotes the success of his activities and endeavors.

As far as the subject of your letter is concerned, the practical conclusion to be drawn from all the above is self-evident. The Sages assure us that a person who has been the recipient of acts of kindness will continue thus for many long days and years. Accordingly, I earnestly hope that in the course of time you will be able to let me know that the situation has improved in the particulars of which you write, and may it be G‑d’s Will that this improvement continue to increase.

I hope that after your visit to Kfar Chabad to heal the sick, you will also visit there for happy reasons — to visit those who are healthy. I hope, too, that you will participate in the farbrengens102 that take place there from time to time, which heal and strengthen and raise the spirits of those who are downfallen and of those whose hearts are bruised — downfallen and bruised in the battle of the [good and evil] inclinations, the battle of Form over Matter, and of spirituality over physicality. And all of this is a result of the battle waged by the Divine soul over the animal soul.

With respectful blessings for good news in all the above,