By the Grace of G‑d
Lag B'Omer, 5721 [May 4, 1961]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter of the 8th of Iyar [April 24th], and I was pleased to read in it about your efforts to strengthen Yiddishkeit [Judaism] among the youth.

You write that you have been invited to lecture to a youth group, and ask for some suggestions in this connection. You surely know my general principle, that the accent should be placed on action, in accordance with the teaching of our Sages, "The essential thing is the deed." This applies to every activity, including lectures, which must bring some practical benefit to the participants in their daily life, in the actual fulfillment of the Mitzvoth [Divine commandments]. Thus, while it is difficult to give definitive suggestions with regard to the lecture, not knowing the actual background of the audience, the emphasis should be placed on the need of religious practice and experience in the everyday life, and not to limit it to special occasions or special days, such as the High Holy days, Shabbos and Yom Tov [Shabbat and Jewish holidays]. For, the greater part of life has to do with the everyday, and it is the purpose of Jewish life to bring in sanctity even into the week days, and in the every day contact with the secular environment.

As we are now in the days of Sifirah [days of counting between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot], connecting the Festival of Pesach [Passover], the Season of Our Liberation, with the Festival of Shovuoth, the Season of Our Receiving the Torah, we are especially reminded that true freedom can be accomplished only through the Torah and Mitzvoth, and on the principle of Naase before Nishma [doing before comprehension], again emphasizing that the practice must come before the theory.

May G‑d grant you success in your activities to strengthen and disseminate true Yiddishkeit to the utmost of your ability, and this will surely be the channel and vessel to receive G‑d's blessings also in your personal needs.

Hoping to hear good news from you,

With blessing,

By [signed by the Rebbe's secretary]