By the Grace of G‑d
12th of Nissan, 5739 [April 19, 1979]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 9th of Adar, which reached me with considerable delay. May G‑d grant the fulfillment of your heart's desires for the good.

As in all good things, there is the assurance of Yogato u 'Motzoso.

With reference to your writing "I do not 'hold' by a Rebbe now. My allegiance is to the Yiddishkeit with which I grew up," etc. - of course, what is expected of you, as of every Jew, is that the daily life and conduct should be in accordance with the Torah, Toras Chaim [the Torah of life], and this is the very essence of Yiddishkeit. However, inasmuch as the Torah is described as "longer than the earth and wider than the sea," it is normal that no individual, however proficient he is in Torah and Mitzvos, and however educated he is, isolates himself from others, from whom he can learn a better and deeper understanding of Torah, at any rate, in those areas where he has not yet attained the highest level. This is the function of a Rebbe, a teacher and instructor who have in their sphere of learning devoted more time and attained a higher level of knowledge, etc.

Wishing you a Kosher and inspiring Pesach.

With blessing,