By the Grace of G‑d
7th of Adar, 5721 [February 23, 1961]
Brooklyn N.Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter recently, in which you write about your background and your present studies, as well as about your desire to enter a Yeshiva in due course.

Needless to say, this is a very good idea, for learning at the Yeshiva offers more than the acquisition of knowledge in Torah, Mussar and Chasidus, but it also offers the proper environment and influences which are no less important than the actual Shiurim, especially in regard to the daily life. For, after all, the essential thing is not the theory but the practice, as the Mishnah states, and as also stated by our Sages in a few words.

I firmly hope that you have already arranged your life in accordance with the Torah, which is called Toras Chaim, in its plain meaning referring also to life on this earth, and in accordance with the Mitzvos by which Jews live. May G‑d grant that you will make additional efforts in this direction, for there is always room for improvement in matters of Torah and Mitzvos, which derive from G‑d, the En Sof.

I hope you participate in the get-together arranged by the Chabad in your neighborhood on special occasions.

Wishing you a happy and inspiring Purim,

With blessing,