This letter was addressed to Elchanon (Alexander) Cohen (Kavven) one of the primary supporters of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch at that time.

B”H, 6 Adar, 5709

Greetings and blessings,

In consideration of your earnest involvement and ongoing help and cooperation for the sake of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, and, in particular, in these critical times, it gives us great satisfaction to send you a present in the name of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch — the enclosed picture of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita — as an expression of our deep appreciation and thanks to you, dear friend.

You are no doubt aware of our Sages’ statement (Sotah 37b) that seeing the image of a holy man gives one the power to proceed in the path of the Torah and its mitzvos. I wish you that the portrait of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, will give you renewed energy to perform much good in general and, in particular, in the combined efforts in the multi-dimensional missions of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, in which my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, you, and myself share a heartfelt involvement. May we all merit to see much satisfaction from these holy efforts.

With heartfelt greetings and with best wishes to you and your family,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Chairman of the Executive Committee