By the Grace of G‑d
12 Cheshvan, 5713 [October 31, 1952]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I have duly received your letter written about a week before Rosh Hashonah. However, because of the intervening month of Tishrei and the festivals, I was unable to answer it in detail.

I have now received your cable with the good news that your sister-in-law Hannah Bas Feige has become engaged. I wish you Mazel Tov and please convey to her my best wishes for an everlasting edifice based on Torah and Mitzvoth. I trust you will inform me further details, and the name of the bridegroom, and the mother's name, so that I can remember them in prayer at the holy resting place of my father-in-law of sainted memory.

Referring to your letter in the order of things as they appear in it, you need not apologize for writing in English and you can continue to do so in the future. The important thing is, after all, the contents of the letter and not its external form. To be sure, the language is of importance, especially the Holy tongue, and as our sages say, it was one of the merits of our ancestors in Egypt that they did not change their language. And there is a fundamental difference between our Holy tongue which was divinely given, and other languages which are formed by custom and convention, and for this reason the Hebrew name is of special and absolute significance. Nevertheless, if it presents a difficulty in expressing one's thoughts with clarity and ease, there can be no objection whatever to writing in any other language. Hence, you may continue to write in English and I trust that you will always have good news to report.

With regard to the problem of your son----, as to where he should settle, I am not familiar with the distances between the ---- However, as far as I can see from your letter, the ---- holds out better promise, as far as the economic question is concerned. The problem is that the Jewish environment is not so good there and you doubt whether your son has the ability to achieve much if he settled there, and you are afraid he might suffer on that account. On the other hand, in your section there is a better Jewish environment, although, financially there is no sufficient source of income in immediate sight.

If I have sized the situation up correctly, I think that they should settle in ---- and more so because there is need for improving the Jewish environment there. I trust that both he and his bride, who has studied at the Beth Jacob school, will not only be able to hold their own, but will be able to accomplish things in the strengthening of Judaism there, and no doubt you will help them as much as you can.