The text of this letter was sent to various individuals, personally addressed to each one. The notes that follow are personal messages that were sent to particular individuals.

B”H, 17 Sivan,1 5710

Greetings and blessings,

Your letter and your pan were received, and according to your request, I read [the pan] at the gravesite of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ. A tzaddik blesses and the Holy One, blessed be He, fulfills the blessings of a tzaddik — who is found in this world more than during his lifetime1 — in their fullness. It is my hope that a person like you does not need more than [mere] notice — and a ray of light2 — concerning the concept of his hiskashrus (bonding) to the Nasi, my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ. And this bonding is achieved through studying his teachings and following the paths in which he instructed us.

Certainly, you have fixed times in which you study the teachings of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, his maamarim, his sichos, and his letters. How much nicer it would be if the study was in a group [so that] each one would strengthen and arouse his colleague.3

With wishes for all forms of good and with greetings to our entire fellowship,

M. Schneerson

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I do not comprehend your statement that [the spiritual parallel to a fetus being] discernable4 is not understood. It is obvious that there is a difference between the influence [imparted by] a Nasi before [his passing] and afterwards. The ultimate expression of the influence he grants before [his passing] comes on the day of his passing.

If so, this certainly includes influence that will bring about a new birth in the recipient5 through which the power of G‑d’s infinity will be revealed among the created beings. Therefore nine months are necessary and there is a need for discernment.4 The concepts and time in the physical realm are drawn down as an expression6 of spiritual ones and arouse those [spiritual counterparts].

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With regard to what is relevant to you,7 that which is of fundamental importance is to put this into practice among all those who receive influence from you — those of lesser stature and those of greater stature — because they are all dependent on you.

What you wrote — that some analysis is required regarding the idea that a Mourner’s Kaddish should not be recited before prayer, based on what is written in the Siddur:8 It can be said that the reason for the above can be explained as resembling the prohibition to eat before prayer9 and similarly, that Torah study should follow prayer (Likkutei Torah, Devarim, p.96b). This, [however,] is in contrast to Kaddish DeRabbanan — which to a certain extent reflects the concept of “Love your fellowman as yourself” (see Kuntres 64, p. 98).10 Based on this rationale, however, there is no reason to differentiate between one person and another.11

Your telegram was just received. Apparently, the operation was postponed for a week. Every delay is for the good.12 May it be for apparent and revealed good.

Wishing [you] all types of good and waiting to hear good news concerning the above with regard to you, your household, and those who receive influence from you.