It1 was said at the previous farbrengen60that the students of the Yeshivah2 should immerse themselves in their Torah studies and not be concerned with questions as to how they will eventually earn a living.3 Such calculations derive from the Evil Inclination. Following that discussion, a few comments were heard to the effect that I don’t really care about the students’ material situation, only that they should be scholarly and G‑d-fearing....

Let it be perfectly clear, then, that this is absolutely untrue. I am concerned and anxious about the material situation of every single student, about every detail of how he will find his way through life in a material sense. [...]

My revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], cared in the past, and he cares today, too, about every little detail in the life of every individual student. He takes care of every individual student’s matrimonial match,4 and of every individual’s livelihood5 — and I mean an ample livelihood.

The Rebbe used to say that “bodily strength enables spiritual strength,”6 that is, that one needs a strong body in order to have a strong soul. Nevertheless, he expected that as long as the Yeshivah was their home, the students should not think about how they would ultimately earn a living.

So, to remove any possible mistake, let me repeat: The way in which every single student will settle, in the material sphere, certainly matters to me.

At the same time, one must not forget the teaching of the Sages that “a person’s livelihood7 is budgeted for him from Rosh HaShanah....” A person’s livelihood is not what he himself makes, but what the Holy One, blessed be He, gives him. The nations of the world are subject to the rule of nature, whereas G‑d’s conduct toward the Jewish people transcends nature. With the Jewish people in general, with chassidim in particular, and especially with the Yeshivah students, material blessings are drawn down to this world by means of Torah study. Accordingly, for the students to think about ultimate practicalities while they are still in the Yeshivah is unproductive. Indeed, if they now devote themselves utterly to Torah study and to Divine service, an ample livelihood will be elicited for them in due course, without the bothersome worries that confuse one’s Divine service.

May G‑d grant that the distractions aroused by the “many thoughts in the heart”8 of each of us should fall away, so that everyone will be enabled to fulfill his life-task9 with a tranquil mind, with a happy heart (in the spirit of the verse, “Serve G‑d with joy”83), and with great success.