This letter was sent to Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi, at that time, the Rav of Shanghai.

B”H, Thursday, 5 Tammuz, 5706, Brooklyn

Greetings and blessings,

You have certainly received my telegram requesting you to seek means to [finance] the printing [of chassidic texts in your community].1 I will repeat my request for this, that you should be among those who bring merit to people at large [and acquire] merit that will not cease forever. I have spoken about the matter with my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, and the matter found favor in his eyes. May G‑d grant you success.

You are certainly aware of our efforts on behalf of Jewish education in the Sephardic community in your city.2 We have already sent them — through the yeshivah students [who had been there] — a letter of encouragement from my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita. Since those yeshivah students have certainly left Shanghai to journey to the U.S., we would like to ask you to continue exerting influence on the Sephardic community by yourself or through your agents. We are including [with this letter] a letter to the Sephardic community from the Sephardic Rabbi of Jerusalem, may it be rebuilt speedily, that was sent by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita. With G‑d’s help, it will lead to the desired results. I would be happy to hear of the outcome of all the above. To insure that everything is in order, we ask you to send all your letters directly to us at our address as listed above.3

With the blessing “Immediately to teshuvah, immediately to Redemption,”

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Executive Director