By the Grace of G‑d
Erev Chanukah, 5731 [December 23, 1970]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I duly received your letters with the enclosures.

Though I have not yet had an opportunity to study the detailed report with the attention it deserves, because of the intervening matters connected with Yud-Tes Kislev and Chanukah - even a glance at it makes me want to express to you my appreciation, as well as the prayerful wish that there should be a fruitful continuity resulting from your visit in Eretz Yisroel, for the benefit of the cause, of yourselves and all yours, and all concerned.

Needless to say, of particular interest is the remark by President Shazar that the activities of Chabad Lubavitch in Eretz Yisroel are all too briefly described in the Challenge. Moreover, since its appearance many more accomplishments have been added to be reported on.

On the other hand, the suggestion, which seems to be indicated from your writing, about publishing a special volume on Chabad in the Holy Land, though undoubtedly a very desirable thing, does not lend itself to be implemented in a short time. In order that it should be as it should, would require considerable time. And the lack of it would be felt in the meantime. Furthermore, and this is also an essential point, in making a presentation of the Challenge to someone, it would be difficult to add a separate volume.

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In the light of the above, it is well to think of a special volume for the long run, but in the meantime, it would be more practical to prepare a special complementary chapter, dealing with Chabad in Eretz Yisroel, in the form of a Supplement. The fact that it would be only a Supplement would also explain why it is not more complete and all-embracing. The important thing is that such a supplementary chapter could be prepared in a matter of weeks.

To ensure the implementation of the above, and to ensure also that it is being properly taken care of, I would suggest, if I may, that you take this task upon yourselves. Our coworkers in Eretz Yisroel will of course give you the utmost cooperation. I am confident, knowing of the energy and dedication which you invested in the Challenge, that you could truly carry out this task in a matter of weeks. The Supplement would have an explanatory introduction to the effect that since the publication of the Challenge, the Chabad activities in Eretz Yisroel have reached new heights and therefore call for a special supplementary chapter. The Supplement would, of course, be in the same format as the Challenge, and could have a soft cover. Thus, every time the Challenge is presented, the Supplement would be attached to the main volume.

A further point, inasmuch as this would be in the nature of a supplement, it would be possible to put the emphasis on the pictorial aspects of it.

I believe you mentioned in a telephone conversation that President Shazar said he would write a special message for this additional chapter. I trust that he will agree to give his message to this Supplement, which will undoubtedly extend over scores of pages.

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Finally, there would be a further gain in publishing the said Supplement, in that it could serve as a model and pattern for the other countries where Chabad Lubavitch activities are carried on extensively, such as France, Australia, etc., each to produce its own Supplement dealing with the particular country, which could be used as an addendum to the Challenge. This would then well serve as a substitute for a separate volume, and save money, and, especially, time.

Needless to say, I am in complete agreement with you on the need of having a good public relations office for Chabad in Eretz Yisroel, as in other countries. You are also right that the main difficulty is not financial, but rather the shortage of manpower. For, as in all the various institutions and activities of Chabad, anyone who could be recruited, has already been burdened with more than a normal load of responsibilities.

Now that we are about to celebrate the festival of Chanukah, which is celebrated by kindling the Chanukah lights in growing numbers from day to day, each and every one of us is again reminded of the need to help spread the light of the Torah and Mitzvoth both in the home as well as outside, and to do so in a steadily growing measure. Our Sages have assured us that "Nothing stands in the way of the will."

With all good wishes for a bright and inspiring Chanukah,

With blessing,
M. Schneerson