By the Grace of G‑d
28th of Elul, 5734 [September 15, 1974]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. & Mrs. Mordechai Shoyel Landow

Greeting and Blessing:

After the long interval, though I have of course inquired about you in the interim, I just received your letter and enclosure relating to the Dedication celebration. Since all good things contain the seeds of continuity, like a chain reaction, may G‑d grant that this be so also in this case. It is indeed a great Zechus for both of you - I was pleased to hear that Mrs. Landow, too, actively participated and was honored - and may it be G‑d's will that just as you have seen His blessings in the past, in the rapid growth of the students in quantity and quality, and the general blossoming of the program, etc., you should see even greater progress in the future.

All the more so that your letter arrived in the auspicious days before Rosh Hashono.

At this time, I extend to you and all yours my prayerful wishes for a good and happy year, materially and spiritually.

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With the traditional blessing of

M. Schneerson

P.S. Regarding the matter with your son, about which you write, it is surely unnecessary to emphasize at length the need to enlist the cooperation of good friends that they should do all they can to influence your son in the right direction. It is to be expected that he may feel freer to discuss the matter with friends than with parents or close relatives. In that case the friends could promptly refute whatever reasons he may have. Of course, this does not preclude your using your persuasion and influence.

I would like to add - and this is also very pertinent in the present case - that all the members of a Jewish family are like one body. When a particular organ of the body needs strengthening, it is given direct treatment as well as indirect, by strengthening the other organs in an extra measure, to benefit also the affected organ. Certainly, when parents strengthen their personal life in accordance with the teachings of G‑d, it is bound to have a benefit upon the children, directly and subconsciously. And, needless to say, there is always room for improvement in matters of goodness and holiness, Torah and Mitzvos, which are infinite, being derived from the Infinite. And, as above, every improvement is a benefit, direct and indirect, also for the children.

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It is certainly an encouraging sign that the son did not want his father to know about the problem, and may G‑d grant that it should be resolved satisfactorily and sooner than expected.

The Zechus of your dedicated work in the cause of Chinuch of Jewish children, of whom the Torah says, "You are children of G‑d your G‑d," that they should be brought up in the right way, the way of the Torah, will surely stand you in good stead to have true Nachas from your son and all your offspring.