By the Grace of G‑d
20th of Kislev, 5722 [November 28, 1961]
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter of the 7th of Kislev [November 15th].

With regard to learning at the Yeshivah [academy of higher Jewish learning], you are certainly right in thinking that "If not now, when?" especially at your age. Since this is a matter which affects and influences the rest of one's life, it is clear that the time dedicated to Yeshiva learning before entering the world, is surely a very good investment, and should by no means be considered as a loss of time, G‑d forbid.

As for the matter of Parnosso [livelihood], surely ultimately Parnosso is something that depends on G‑d's benevolent Providence, and as we say in Grace after meals "Who feeds the whole world in His goodness, grace, kindness and mercy." Of course, it is necessary to prepare a vessel or channel for Parnosso in the natural way, but before doing that it is absolutely necessary to strengthen the foundations of one's future life, and in a case like yours, it should be at least a year or two of exclusive study at the Yeshiva.

I trust that you know of the significance of [the Chabad holiday of] Yud Tes Kislev and that you participated in its observance.

Wishing you a happy and inspiring Chanukah,

With blessing,

By [signed by the Rebbe's secretary]