This letter is addressed to R. Yechiel Ziskind.

B”H, Yud-Tes Kislev,
the holiday of our redemption
and the deliverance of our souls, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

I received your letter from Erev Shabbos. I was happy to read that you established a set time to study the teachings of Chassidus with the chassidic scholar, Moshe Aharon.1

You have certainly read in the talks of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, that there are three loves that are dependent one on the other. They are: the love of G‑d, the love of the Torah, and the love of the Jewish people. It is not sufficient to remain satisfied from seeing one’s own [spiritual fortunes] in a positive light, he must also look favorably on others. Certainly you will find the proper words to influence your friends that they will also hold fast to the study of the teachings of Chassidus.

Today, when I was at the gravesite of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, I read your pan.

I am certain that you have the potential to have an influence on others in this context. It is only that it is necessary to reveal your will for this. If you do that, you will be successful.

Enclosed is the digest for the talks of Shabbos Bereishis. See secs. 21-22 there2 regarding having influence on others. Since you did not manage to do this before Yud-Tes Kislev, you will certainly endeavor to carry out this directive before the yahrzeit of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, on the coming Yud Shvat.

With blessings for the festival and with greetings to R. Moshe Aharon,

Menachem Schneerson