This letter was addressed to R. Yaakov Katz, one of the initial supporters of Lubavitch activities in America.

B”H, 13 Kislev, 5709

Greetings and blessings,

Your letter from the second of this month duly arrived. En­closed are receipts from Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch with heartfelt thanks for the checks.

I would also have desired that the printing of Piskei Dinim [of the Tzemach Tzedek] be completed already, but I did not want to print it in its present state. [Therefore] I began working over some manuscripts that speak about the [relevant] laws in the responsa of the Tzemach Tzedek and the like in order to check the manuscript from which we are printing. This requires much labor and time, in the middle of which, my attention is taken by other work in addition to my day-to-day [responsibili­ties], as is obvious. Therefore [the time for printing] is being extended. Nevertheless, I am hurrying with regard to the matters that depend on me and hope that the delay until now has been for the good.

On Sunday, I finished the Memoirs of the Rebbe Shlita (in English). I have been working on the project for more than a year and a half. I hope that it will be completed by Chanukah.

Yesterday, the Rebbe Shlita told me that he plans to print the maamar entitled Kol HaMeracheim together with the letter that he wrote to you in the beginning of Cheshvan.1 (Needless to say, the name of the person to whom the letter was addressed will not be mentioned [in the kuntreis].) This will also require a few days’ work for me. [Projects] of this type arise from time to time.

I conclude with blessings for all forms of good, with thanks, and with the hope to be able to bring good tidings,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Chairman of the Executive Committee

Under separate cover, I am sending our last publication, Bustanai (in English).