By the Grace of G‑d
26th of Nissan, 5721 [April 12, 1961]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter of Chol Hamoed Pesach, in which you write about the suggestion made to you with regard to a Shidduch. May G‑d, Whose benevolent Providence extends to everyone individually, lead you in the way that is best for you, and may you have good news to report.

I was particularly pleased to read that you have distributed Matzos-Mitzvah to the boys of the Minyan and to others, and also about the Farbrengen. I trust that, as in the case of all Farbrengens, it will have a lasting influence, especially since, as you write, it brought real spiritual enjoyment to the participants.

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With regard to your question whether you should always reply to the queries of the boys, who, it seems to you, are not as much interested in the replies as in stating their views, etc., it is particularly advisable to avoid leaving the impression with them that their questions are unanswerable. For inasmuch as their questions are connected with matters of Torah and Mitzvoth, the fact that they would remain unanswered might in some way weaken their observance. On the other hand, experience shows that it is no good to engage in long (and empty) discussions, which are likely to be more wasteful than useful. Therefore, you should try to find the middle road between these two extremes, and, inasmuch as you know the boys for a relatively considerably length of time, you will surely find the proper balance as to how far to engage in discussions. In any case, the Zechus Harabim will surely stand you in good stead.

I firmly hope that you are making increased efforts in regard to your own learning, both in Nigleh and Chassidus, in accordance with the principle that all matters of holiness should be on the upgrade, all the more so since every obligation carries with it also the ability to fulfill it.

Hoping to hear good news from you,

With blessing,