By the Grace of G‑d
11 Sivan, 5738 [June 16, 1978]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sholom uBrocho:

I received your letter of June 13, in which you write about the Skokie situation and ask what you should do about it.

There is a clear ruling in our Torah, Toras Chayim, that in any matter which is connected with a particular place, a Shaala should be addressed to the local Rabbonim, who are familiar with the situation at first hand.

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Inasmuch as everything is by Hashgocho Protis and you wrote to me about this matter, there must be a purpose in it. I therefore take this opportunity of expressing the hope that in view of your sincere personal concern for Jews everywhere, you are surely active in spreading Yiddishkeit all around you, bearing in mind that the Torah and Mitzvoth are “our life and the length of our days” כי הם חיינו ואורך ימינו and that כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה and that even a single act by any Jew can tip the scale לכף זכות for himself and the whole world.

There is surely also no need to point out to you that the most effective influence is a living example, coupled with "words coming from the heart," and that Kohanim have a special privilege and responsibility to teach and spread Torah and Mitzvoth, for which they have also been given special capacities.

In accordance with your request for an early reply, this letter is sent to you ahead of turn.

With blessing,
M. Schneerson