This letter was sent to R. David Moshe Lieberman, then a communal Rabbi in Chicago.

B”H, 8 Elul, 5710

Greetings and blessings,

Both of your letters, from the Sunday of Parshas Re’eh and from the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul — together with the enclosures, were received. It is unfortunate that you are [still] procrastinating about entering MerkosHaRabonim 1 and [carrying out] the preparatory work necessary for this. I am again prompting you to eagerly pursue this to whatever degree possible. You will certainly inform me with good news about the fruit of your efforts in this.

I was happy to read in your letter that your situation in the synagogue has improved. 2 Certainly, you will use the days of the month of Elul, and in particular the coming month of Tishrei, to strengthen through appropriate speeches, etc., the idea that you are the Rabbi of the synagogue. 3

Thank you for your effort in sending me the letters of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, that were possessed by R. Moshe HaCohen Shayavitz. After copies are made from them, we will send the originals back to him. I will certainly write him an individual thank you letter.

I was happy for the notice that Mr. Shmuel Katz attended the synagogue. Thank you for your effort in forwarding his contribution to Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch. We are sending him a receipt to his [home] address with a letter, a copy of which is enclosed.

It was correct for you to accept the offer of ... to officiate at his son’s wedding. Since there are several months until the wedding, you should seek ways to speak — either yourself or through people you know — to the heart of his son and his fiancée with regard to taharas hamishpachah, for this affects the health — both physical and spiritual — of their descendants until the end of time. You will certainly begin in a gentle manner, for “the words of the wise are accepted when they are spoken gently.” 4

Awaiting good tidings from you and concluding with blessings for a kesivah vachasimah tovah for success in your holy work as a Rabbi and as a leader of your community, as appointed by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ; may you be a fit medium for this,

Menachem Schneerson