By the Grace of G‑d
27th of Teveth, 5721 [January 15, 1961]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter and enclosures.

It is explained in many places in Chassidus, beginning with the Tanya, about the negative aspects of all forms of sadness, depression, despondency, etc. It is also clear from experience that these attitudes belong to the bag of tricks of the Yetzer Hara in order to distract the Jew from serving G‑d. To achieve this end the Yetzer Hara sometimes even clothes itself in the mantle of piety. The true test, however, is what the results are, whether these attitudes actually bring about an improvement in, and a fuller measure of Torah and Mitzvoth, or the reverse. This should be easy to determine.

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On the other hand we have been assured that "He who is determined to purify himself, receives Divine help.” The road to purity and holiness, however, is one that should be trodden step by step, and by gradual and steady advancement.

Needless to say, the idea of your continuing at the Yeshiva for some time is the right one.

As for the question how and what to write to your parents, I suggest that you consult with Rabbi Joseph Weinberg, who knows them personally, and who could give you some useful suggestions.

Hoping to hear good news from you in all above,

With blessing,