By the Grace of G‑d
15th of Iyar, 5724
[April 27, 1964]
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter of the 7th of Iyar, and thank you very much for the good news about the various activities. May G‑d grant that the activities should be continued in a growing measure, and with joy and gladness of heart in particular, as we spoke a number of times when you were here. I trust that not only do you remember this, but that you are constantly endeavoring to materialize this in the daily life.

With regard to fasting, about which I told you once that it is not advisable to take upon oneself extra fasts in addition to those which are already in the calendar, this is based on the words of the Alter Rebbe. One of the reasons which he mentions in this connection is that the generations have weakened, and are no longer fit to have extra fasts. Obviously, my suggestion to you, therefore, is valid even now. The would-be resolution to undertake a fast should be changed to a resolution to serve G‑d with an extra measure of joy, and to endeavor to spread good influence in the environment in this direction.

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