The name of the recipient of this letter was not released.

B”H, 4 Teves, 5711,
Brooklyn

Greetings and blessings,

I received your letter some time ago but because of my many preoccupations, the time to reply to it did not come until the present.

You ask in your letter whether to move here since it has become somewhat easier to immigrate to America, but your desire is to establish yourself only as “a dweller of tents,”1 i.e., as a Rosh Yeshivah.

In general, establishing oneself here as a Rosh Yeshivah or the like is very difficult. In particular, this applies to assuring oneself of such [a position] before [actually coming] since [usually] such a matter requires searching and much effort in the place itself. It is understood that if you desire — and if you have the potential to clarify this through correspondence from Paris — you can make the attempt. I am, however, doubtful if you will find success.

On the other hand, establishing oneself as a ritual slaughterer of fowl and an expert [in the slaughter] of cattle is relatively easy and amply remunerative. For this, however, it might be necessary to live in the outlying areas. If you see yourself fit for this and you desire this, it is appropriate that you endeavor to receive entry permits to the United States. May G‑d lead you in a straight path so that you reach your desired destination. The desire of a Jewish person is the cheifetz, desire, of his G‑dly soul as explained in Chassidus based on [the statements of] Rambam at the conclusion of Hilchos Geirushin,ch. 2.2 The inner will of a Jewish person — to which the term cheifetz refers — is for the Torah and its mitzvos alone.

With blessings for establishing yourself in a desirable manner and for good health,

Menachem Schneerson