This letter was addressed to R. Shlomo Chayim Kesselman, one of the spiritual mentors of the Lubavitch community in Paris at that time.

B”H, The Festival of Redemption, 19 Kislev, 5709

Greetings and blessings,

You have no doubt duly received my letter from 22 MarCheshvan. Enclosed is the kuntreis [published for] Yud-Tes Kislev. [It is being sent to you] to share with people at large. We have received 15 tumarken1 from R. Schneur Zalman Teibel for nifneh. 2

See the conclusion of the enclosed maamar with regard to the great importance of motivating others to give tzedakah in general. I have previously written to someone, [expressing my disappointment at] how dismal the situation is that even those who motivate others to give nifneh — which, as is well known, is the most elevated [form of donation] — still require encour­agement.

With greetings to all those who seek our welfare, and with blessings for the Festival of Redemption,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson