By the Grace of G‑d
Eve of 14 Tishrei, 5720 [1959]

Fortify1 peace.2 Bring the hearts of all the individuals near to each other, in unity. Muster strength in your trust that all this is certainly no more than an instance of what is written,3 “For the L‑rd your G‑d is putting you to the test.”

When one realizes that this is only a test, it utterly ceases to exist, and what is revealed is the inner meaning of that phrase: “For the L‑rd your G‑d is elevating you,”4 raising you up over all the obstacles that veil and obscure [His Countenance]. This He does in order that you may come to know His revelation face to Face, and become connected with Him with a strong and mighty bond (see Likkutei Torah, Parshas Re’eh, p. 19b ff.).5

The good on High then becomes good that is visible and manifest174 down here to us, too — materially and spiritually, in unison, in the spirit of the phrase, “[the season of] our joy,”6 in the plural.