This letter was addressed to Elchanon (Alexander) Cohen (Kavven), one of the primary supporters of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch at that time.

B”H, 20 Adar, 5710

Greetings and blessings,

Enclosed is the note which you sent me (with an extra copy should it be of use to you). I thank you again.

You are certainly aware that the Priestly Blessing is associated with the positive interpretation of dreams. Therefore the passage Ribbono Shel Olam is recited during the Priestly Blessing. Certainly, this applies to a dream which a kohen himself has.

At this opportunity, I would like to remind you again of the great importance and urgency of influencing our friends in general and in particular our friend, Mr. Stulman, to provide substantial assistance to Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch. From day to day, [that institution’s] situation becomes more critical, and yet it is necessary to continue the work to the fullest extent. This is the will and the desire of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, as you are personally aware.

On this occasion, I would like to share with you the good news that according to the directives given by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, before his passing, we have, with G‑d’s help, begun an important project in Marseilles, France,1 where large camps of children from Youth Aliyah from North Africa [who are making their way] to Eretz Yisrael are located. Our work involves different activities to strengthen Yiddishkeit, proper Jewish education, and supplying them with different religious needs including tefillin, tzitzis, and texts of study. In the near future, we hope to expand the work, [taking it] directly to the North African countries from which these children originate.2

As such, you can be certain that what you told the Rebbe, הכ"מ, [in your dream] — “Since your passing, we have already achieved something” — is really true.

Now I am waiting to hear good news from you in the near future.

With greetings and with blessings for all the members of your household for all forms of everlasting good and with confidence that you will not be upset with me.

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson