This letter was addressed to R. Nissan Nemenov, the mashpia of the Lubavitcher Yeshivah in Paris.

B”H, 3 Menachem Av, 5709

Greetings and blessings,

I received your letter from Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av. I gave 117 to nifneh1 ....

May G‑dtransform these days into happiness and joy, with greater power and strength. As is known, this is the reason why on the fifteenth — the day of the full moon — of Av, “there were no festivals [that surpassed....]”2

With wishes for everlasting good in all matters and with greetings to all those who seek our welfare,

M. Schneerson

R. Moshe Dubinsky lent me his Tanya. In the margins are several references and notes. He told me that I would be able to find out from you the name of the person who wrote those references and notes. I would be grateful if you would answer me speedily concerning this.