The name of the woman to whom this letter was sent was not released.

B”H, 7 Tishrei, 5711

Blessings and greetings,

I received your letter in which you write about yourself, your husband, and your daughter, and you write that for a significant amount of time, your husband’s business has not been going well and you ask for a blessing.

Now, a new year is beginning. Therefore Jews must be certain that since they are G‑d’s children, they have a merciful Father (Av HaRachamim) Who certainly desires to help all [His] children in whatever they need. In particular, this applies when those children prayed to Him on Rosh HaShanah and in these days, [i.e., the Ten Days of Teshuvah,] with the sincere request that [He] help them.

We must be certain that G‑d will accept those requests and give you a good and sweet year, that your husband’s health will improve, that his livelihood will increase, and that you will derive much satisfaction — Jewish satisfaction — from your daughter.

You write that you remember what your grandfather told you. I am certain that you conveyed this to your daughter, so that from her childhood, she will be accustomed to the Jewish path and will grow up as a Jewish girl in all particulars. It is never too early to begin a child’s Jewish education. The more we give and the earlier we begin, the more certain we can be that regardless of the surroundings, the child will remain a Jewish child and the parents will derive much satisfaction, and Jewish satisfaction.

I would be interested in knowing the nature of the institution where your daughter receives her education. Certainly she attends a school where she learns about Judaism. I would also like to know what type of business your husband operates and whether he takes an active part in synagogue life and in the Torah study sessions given in the synagogue.

It would appear to me that before lighting candles on Fridays and on the days before festivals, you should give charity, [placing coins] in the charity box of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes.1This is a mystic key to health and prosperity.

I have given your donation to lishcat chasha’im,2the fund from which individuals and organizations are given assistance discreetly. This is one of the highest modes of charity.3 The receipt is enclosed.

With blessings for a chasimah and a g’mar chasimah tovah,

Menachem Schneerson