By the Grace of G‑d
4th of Shevat, 5713 [January 20, 1953]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Blessing and Greeting:

I have received your letter of January 15th, in which you describe your health problem, particularly with regard to the kidneys.

As far as I know there are in Boston great medical experts as well as research centers in this field. No doubt you have consulted them, though you do not mention the names of the specialists you consulted. It is probably necessary for me to call attention to the fact that there are various methods to break up a stone in the kidney, either mechanically or through medicines, but you do not mention what treatment has been applied in your case.

As you may know, in order to receive G‑d's blessings it is necessary to prepare 'receptacles.' It would have been impossible for us to know the receptacles, but for G‑d's mercy and infinite kindness, having given us the Torah and having revealed to us that Torah and Mitzvoth are the proper receptacles for us to receive His blessing, not knowing you, personally, it is difficult for me to indicate to you how you can prepare for yourself such additional receptacles for G‑d's blessings, but the important thing is to do better than at present in the religious observances, which will surely an improvement in your condition. One of the most important things in this connection is to see that the children receive a true Jewish education.

I would suggest that you meet with two of my acquaintances and discuss your children's problem with them, and they will be able to give you suitable advice.

With Blessing,