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

B”H, 17 Iyar, 5709

Greetings and blessings,

I received your letter of 6 Iyar with the enclosed sichos from the [Pesach] Sedarim. [It appears that] we have already sent you those texts you marked on the list of the texts. No doubt, you received them a long time ago and will notify us about this.

I am enclosing the sichah of Lag BaOmer to share with people at large, and in this way, the merit of those people is dependent on you.1

I received a letter from our mutual friend Mr. Robinson. [He writes that] his financial situation is strained and we should wait until he informs us to approach him.2 I assume that you know of the letter.

I am now in a great conundrum. The printer wants money. People desire the texts and my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, has complaints that we are printing a very small number [of texts] and should work more and with greater intensity in this (and all other) area(s). And then suddenly, [I receive] such a letter. I have not been able to decide whether to show the Rebbe Shlita Mr. Robinson’s letter, for there is no lack of unpleasant situations.

I hope that you will take the matter into your hands and, as soon as possible, have an effect on our friend, Mr. Robinson. In the meantime, I will carry on with the work as before. I do not want my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, to become irritated — not against me, nor against him.

It is a shame that in the meantime Rabbi Kazarnovsky3 can­not make the journey to you this week. I hope that I will hear good news from you concerning the above so that he will be able to make the journey to you next week at the very least.

Awaiting your letter with good tidings immediately, and wishing all forms of everlasting good,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Chairman of the Executive Committee