By the Grace of G‑d
28th of Nissan 5712 [April 23, 1952]
Brooklyn 13, N.Y.

Sholom U'Brocho:

I have received your letter (undated), in which you write of various difficulties you are having with your studies..., and that you cannot keep up with your class. From your writing it is not very clear what the reason is for this.

However, from experience we know — and this has also been pointed out by our sages, that to make progress in study is largely in the student's own hands, and not only normal progress, but even with greater success.

You should reflect in your mind and consider well that the question concerns the study of the holy Torah, which was given to us by the Creator of the whole universe, including Man. Not only is G‑d the creator of the whole human race, but of each individual, including you. G‑d therefore knows the best way how each one of us can find happiness and harmony in life, and He has made them known to us. One of the main roads leading to such happiness is the study of the Torah and the fulfillment of the Dinim.

If you consider this carefully, you will understand that to study the Torah is not a burden which one has to force himself to carry, but it is something we should willingly and eagerly do, for this is the road to real happiness not only spiritually, but also materially, and in this life, too.

I wish you success in your studies, and I am sure you will do well when you consider the above well and often. I will be glad to hear good news of you.

With blessing,