By the Grace of G‑d
The 20th of Shevat, 57311
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Prof. Zeev Greene
1601 Spring Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, Minn. 55422

Greetings and Blessing:

After not hearing from you for a long time, I was pleased to receive your letter of February 9th. Although I have in the interim inquired after you, and received reports, through our mutual friends, who wrote to me in reply to my inquiries as well as unsolicited—it is still much better to receive information firsthand.

First of all, I want to wish you Mazel Tov, as I note (for the first time) from your letter that you have been promoted to full professorship in both departments, and particularly also the latest news of your being elected to a fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

As for the practical consequences of this professional distinction, there is no doubt it will come too, inasmuch as America is a practical country with pragmatic motivations. At any rate, I am sure of one practical gain, and that is your increased academic prestige will further strengthen your influence in spreading Yiddishkeit permeated with Chassidic warmth and enthusiasm. Looking back on your schedule of trips in the past, you can clearly see how Divine Providence provides you with opportunities to use your special capacities and gifts in this direction with such notable success. No doubt your appearance in Cleveland will likewise have lasting Hatzlocho.

May G‑d grant that all your affairs, both personal and general, which are intimately linked, should progress with ever growing Hatzlocho, including the cherished hope to be blessed with more children, and together with your wife, to bring up all your children to a life of Torah, Chuppah and Good Deeds, in accordance with the well known Talmudic parable: “Tree, oh Tree! How shall I bless you?—May your offspring be as good as you” (Taanis, 5b).

With blessing, /signature