This letter was addressed to R. Shlomo Zalman Hecht, one of the shluchim in Chicago.

B”H, 13 Menachem Av, 5710

Greetings and blessings,

I read your letter of 11 Menachem Av with pleasure. The reasons for my pleasure are:

a) You went on vacation with your household. Certainly you will use the time for the health of the body and the health of the soul. May it be G‑d’s will that it be successful.

b) That you began to take a serious interest in the offer made concerning the parochial school.1 Certainly in these endeavors, you will not make extensive use of the quality of earnest sternness.2 As explained in Torah Or, [Parshas] Toldos, in sec. 4 of the explanation of the maamar entitled Mayim Rabbim, one should make use of the quality of earnest sternness for diligence in study.

c) Your statement that you made a stipulation at the outset that even if you receive a position in the parochial school, it will be on condition that it does not interfere with your Rabbinic duties with which you were charged by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ.

Awaiting good tidings from you, signing with blessing and with greetings,

Menachem Schneerson