By the Grace of G‑d
20th of Sivan, 5721 [June 4, 1961]
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your recent letter, as well as the previous one.

With regard to your study program, I believe I have already suggested to you that you should discuss this matter both with your parents as well as with your friends who know you and can also evaluate the effects that may be entailed, etc. It has been said that a good solution comes as a result of many consultations.

You write that you wonder why G‑d does not help you, etc. This surprises me, for surely you have had many occasions to recognize G‑d's kindnesses to you. Every one of us receives G‑d's blessings daily and that is why we recite in the Morning Prayer twenty blessings to thank G‑d for His daily kindnesses. On the other hand, the fact that you feel some dissatisfaction could be applied to good use, in making growing efforts to improve your spiritual position as well as to increase the benefits bestowed on others.

With regard to your question about a Jewish girl who wants to learn in Gateshead or in Beis Yaakov in London, I do not understand why you should be opposed to this. For, at her age, it is just as important, and perhaps even more important, to learn in an environment which is permeated with the utmost degree of Yiras Shomaim, and where she would have good friends of her own age, etc. For all these reasons Gateshead would be the ideal place for her.

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On the question of translation and the changes which you find necessary to introduce, this is also something which would be well to discuss with other people locally. Above all, a translation must always be a free translation, which is also the case of all translations that are made here, for the important thing is to convey them in a fluent and readable language.

There was no general message for Shovuoth, but there was a special message for the delegates of the Convention of N'shei Chabad, a copy of which is enclosed, and which it is hoped you will make ample use of.

Hoping to hear good news from you about your good work, in good health and happy frame of mind.

With blessing,
M. Schneerson