This letter was sent to R. E. C.

B”H, 10 Iyar, 5710

Greetings and blessings,

Enclosed is a pamphlet that was recently published. You will certainly share it with people at large and in that way, the merit of the many will be dependent on you.

We are now in the midst of the days of the Counting of the Omer. We can learn a lesson in the service of G‑d from every matter.1 From a mitzvah, in particular, we can learn many things.

The Counting [of the Omer] teaches us, among many other things, that time is precious. We always have to be counting.2 If we miss one day, that creates a blemish not only in the day that was missed, but in the days and weeks that follow. Conversely, when we do count that day, the coming days and weeks are also blessed.

In the blessing [for the Counting of the Omer,] we praise [G‑d as] E‑lokeinu (“our L‑rd”) which means “our strength and our vitality”3 and “the King of the universe,” implying that He controls the entire world. (As a matter of course, it can be understood that He must, and He will, give all [types of] good to those whom He calls “My son, My firstborn, Israel.”4)

This applies to an ordinary person. In particular, it applies to a person who has influence over many people and whose activities are reflected within many Jews [and have an effect on them]. And in a most particular sense, it applies to those who have already succeeded in having an influence on others. They certainly must use every opportunity — and indeed, seek out new opportunities — to have an effect in strengthening the Torah and Yiddishkeit and spreading the Torah and the teachings of Chassidus. My revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, promised5 that one can rest assured that any effort undertaken will not be without results.

Signing with regards to those who receive influence from you and with wishes for a recovery for your wife and success in your work to illuminate your surroundings,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson

Enclosed are two receipts.