The text of this letter was sent to various individuals, personally addressed to each one.

B”H, Chanukah, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

Enclosed is the kuntres for Chanukah.1 May it be G‑d’s will that with it you illuminate your entire surroundings with the light of the Torah in a manner that progressively increases.2 For as is well known,2 the name “Chanukah” is an acronym for the Hebrew words meaning “Eight candles and the halachah follows the School of Hillel,”3 whose approach brought several converts to the Jewish people.4

In this as well, my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, showed the path to every one of us individually. For throughout the duration of his life in this world, he would continually kindle the lamps of Jewish men and women, for “the lamp of G‑d is the soul of man.”5

He would progressively increase this kindling from time to time and from year to year. [Moreover,] his kindling was at the entrance to his home,6 (but) on the outside,7 so that the lamps would illuminate the marketplace, a place of darkness, because [at the time of lighting,] the sun has set.8

Our Sages have already promised us that blessing will rest on this kindling, provided a person will perform it with a desirable intent [and] an inward intent. To quote:9 “The lamps will shine toward the face of the Menorah and all the blessings that I granted you to bless My children will never be nullified.”

With Chanukah blessings that the light should continue to increase and shine10 until the day — i.e., the Redemption — is imminent,

M. Schneerson