This letter was sent to R. Avraham Paris, who served as the emissary of the Rebbe Rayatz and the Rebbe in Eretz Yisrael.

B”H, Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan, 5710
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

Your letter of 25 Iyar was just received. I derived very much satisfaction from your use of the expression zol gezunt zain when mentioning my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ.1 This can be understood on the basis of what is written in [Tanya,] Iggeres HaKodesh, Epistle 27, that the life of a tzaddik is spiritual: faith, love, and fear. And it is well known that the righteous continually advance from strength to strength.2

And [as to] what you write concerning me:3 Of what use is your writing? I do not possess [those qualities]. For myself, I don’t need any allusions and explanations. It is sufficient for me to contemplate briefly my level and situation to know my status. And so, what can another person change with proofs and intellectual [explanations]?

What will be? What do I know? What the Rebbe is thinking is his responsibility; he will surely take care of it. How? I don’t know. There are other things that I also don’t know.

I will conclude with holiday blessings for you and the members of your household. (I will recall at the gravesite the names that you wrote.) [Wishing you] all forms of good and success in your work,