This letter was sent to R. Yaakov Katz of Chicago, one of the initial supporters of Lubavitch activities in America.

B”H, 13 Kislev, 5711

Greetings and blessings,

In response to your question about ...: It should be explained to him that he should immediately begin putting on tefillin every day. In his particular situation, it is also a spiritual medium to achieve what he personally needs. I do not know the extent of his [Torah] knowledge, but, in any case, he should study the weekly Torah portion with an appropriate commentary. This could be done with an English translation.

In addition, his father should add to his other Torah studies, the recitation of kapitle 71 of Tehillim daily.1 It can be recited [at any time] throughout the day, provided it is not recited at night before midnight, for Tehillim should not be recited at that time.2 The young man’s mother should donate to charity before candlelighting on Friday and on the day before festivals, [placing coins] in the charity box of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes.3His father and mother should resolve to do the above, without committing themselves by vow, until Rosh HaShanah, 5712.

Enclosed is the digest [of the talks] of 10 MarCheshvan which will certainly interest you.

Time does not permit me to elaborate on the nature and the particulars of the work [being performed] in [North] Africa. I would, however, like to bring you satisfaction with the information that the first lists of the students of the Talmudei Torah, yeshivah, the girls’ school, and the members of the Tiferes Bachurim have arrived. All of the institutions are called by the general name established for them, OholeiYosefYitzchak, and, with thanks to G‑d, are developing in a very positive manner.

[From] one who seeks to hear good tidings of both a general and particular nature and who concludes with blessings for the Festival of Redemption,4

Menachem Schneerson

Your [most recent] letter was just received. Here the division of the Talmud is made on 24 Teves.5 How much better would it be if you could finish the study of a tractate by then. It could be one that has a small number of pages.