This letter was sent to R. Zalman Serebryanski, the spiritual mentor of the Lubavitch yeshivah in Sheparton, Australia.

B”H, 3 Menachem Av, 5710

Greetings and blessings,

Your letter and the enclosures were duly received. I read [your letter] also last Thursday at the gravesite of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ. He will certainly bless all of the men and women with what they need, each one according to his situation. And G‑d will fulfill his blessing with regard to both material and spiritual matters in full measure.

The [fundamental] blessing conveyed upon them is that they be appropriate mediums to fulfill his will.

There is no need for an excessive measure of gloom and doubt, for that is also one of the tools of the yetzer hara.

At one of the farbrengens here, it was already mentioned that one should not forget that the entire concept of creation (my intent is even the [most] general conception of creation, and, [indeed,] the entire spiritual cosmos as well) was because “It is the nature of the good to do good.”1 It is understood that this [positive] impulse has an effect upon and is reflected within the creation.2

This applies with regard to the creation as it exists in its own right, and also to [the positive influences] that are added to the creation through [the Jews’] Divine service. For all influence is drawn down by the leader of the generation, who is the head of the generation, my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ. And he related in the sichos of Simchas Torah, 5693: “Everything that my father told me in the year 5680 (1920),3 I accepted upon myself — without committing myself to a vow — only on condition that it4 be [characterized by] kindness and mercy. My goodness5 exacted a high price from me.... That none be harmed... that none be distanced....”

After all the [above] [has been granted] to us, we must approach the task with happiness and utter trust that G‑d will have mercy and provide assistance and bestow upon us holiness from Above, provided that we hold fast to the “rope of connection” to the tzaddik whose presence is more cogently felt now [even] in this world of deed.

With blessings for the entire fellowship,

M. Schneerson