This letter was sent to the Young Women’s Auxiliary of Lubavitch and their chairlady, Mrs. Mindel Katz.

B”H, 6 Nissan, 5711,

Blessings and greetings,1

I was happy to receive your letter with the enclosed donation to distribute among various institutions that were founded by and were directed by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, זצוקללה"ה, נבג"ם, זי"ע. 2The receipts are enclosed.

You will certainly continue with your good work and make even greater efforts to generate even greater assistance for the holy institutions. [In doing so,] you also create the pathways through which G‑d will send you and your households blessing and success.

In this time between Purim and Pesach, Jewish women in particular must contemplate the importance of these holidays and the messages [they teach]. Both Purim and Pesach are holidays commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people and their redemption. There is, however, a difference between them. At the time of the salvation of Purim, the Jews were in exile and they remained in exile for a certain time. [By contrast,] at the time of the redemption of Pesach, they made a transition from slavery to freedom, from bondage to complete freedom. In both instances — and this is the point I want to emphasize — the redemption came because of the involvement of Jewish women. With regard to Purim, it was Esther; and with regard to Pesach, our Sages state3 that the redemption came in the merit of the righteous Jewish women. They strengthened the spirits and uplifted the mood of their husbands and they raised children, bringing up a Jewish generation regardless of the difficulties and obstacles of exile.

With all of their powers, Jewish women must hold fast to the golden chain that their mothers and grandmothers fashioned throughout the generations so that with their input they can hasten the coming of the Ultimate Redemption led by Mashiach speedily in our days.

With blessings for a kosher and a happy holiday,

M. Schneerson