By the Grace of G‑d
In The Days of Selichot, 5728 [September, 1968]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

...Each era and each country has its advantages and difficulties.

In our era there prevails, in certain circles, a strong tendency to self-assertion and independence, not only in material spheres, but also in ideological; it is the tendency against subordination to existing norms, against accepting things which had not first been scrutinized and fully approved by one's own intellect, and so forth. This, at first glance, would appear to inhibit the acceptance of Kabbolas Ol.

Moreover, in certain countries which are comparatively young, and which have been built upon the foundation and by means of personal initiative and energy, and where the same spirit characterizes the individual and social life-this way of life makes it still more difficult to adjust oneself to the pattern of Kabbolas Ol.

Yet, all the above notwithstanding, we have the undisputed rule that G‑d does not demand any human being anything which is beyond his capacity. And since "Acceptance of His Kingship" is the essential content of Rosh Hashanah (and the basis for all actions throughout the year), and this is valid for all times and places, it is certain that also in our time, and in the said countries, it is possible, and imperative, to attain complete acceptance of G‑d's Kingship.

Actually, there is in this case also a special advantage precisely in our time and in the said countries: A person not geared to complete independence at all times, but sometimes so and sometimes the reverse, even if he accepts something with Kabbolas Ol, it does not affect him fundamentally, for it is nothing new to him to change his mind and alter his position. However, one who is not accustomed to subordinate himself, but is consistently independent in his thinking-should such a person come to the conviction that he must acknowledge a Supreme Authority, it permeates him deeply and fundamentally, and he finds the strength to reorient himself completely and permanently.

And this finds expression not only in his feelings and reasoning, but also in his thinking, speaking and doing, down to the smallest detail. Indeed, inasmuch as the larger part of the day is filled with actions and verbal expressions, his submission to G‑d's Kingship expresses itself primarily in his speech and deeds, in the fulfillment of the active Mitzvoth, and in all aspects of his daily conduct.

At the same time it brings him to a more earnest and energetic fulfillment of the Mitzvah of "Love thy fellow as thyself", particularly in relation to accepting G‑d's Kingship: To induce one more Jew, and many Jews, to likewise accept His Kingship, and that in their case, too, this should not remain in the domain of the intellect and emotion, but should also be actively expressed in thought, speech, and deed, in the day-to-day life.

May the Acceptance of the Yoke of G‑d's Kingship bring about the immediate fulfillment of our plea: "Accept our prayer with mercy and grace," and may Our Father Our King grant each and every one with the community of Israel a good and sweet year in every respect, "out of His full, open, holy, and ample Hand."

With the blessing of Kesivo Vachasimo Toivo,

(Excerpt from a letter)