This letter was addressed to R. Avraham Goldberg.

B”H, Sunday, 9 Cheshvan, 5707

Greetings and blessings,

In response to your letter of 28 Elul, 5706, I was happy to hear that you safely arrived in our Holy Land, תותס"א. I was delighted [to hear that] you found a community of chassidic brethren where you could satisfy your thirst to study the Torah and know the path of G‑d.

Certainly, you will attempt to influence others and draw them close to the Torah and its mitzvos and strengthen their observance.

There is a well-known statement of our Sages (Bereishis Rabbah 5:8): “Why was it named Eretz (land)? Because it desired1 to perform the will of its Maker.” [And the name] Yisrael [was given to Yaakov because:] “You struggled with angels and men and prevailed.”2

Thus dwelling in Eretz Yisrael implies that one desires to perform the will of his Maker despite the fact that one will have to fight against other men and the powers of nature.3 (For the celestial constellations and the angels are agents to direct him. Hence the word הטבע, “nature,” is numerically equivalent to the word אלקים, “angels,” as stated in Shelah, tractate Pesachim, discourse 3). [This positive influence stems from the fact that] “the air of Eretz Yisrael makes one wise”4 and assists one in preventing the spirit of folly from entering. ([As our Sages say:]5 “A person will not violate a transgression unless a spirit of folly enters him.”)

We would be happy to hear about the good fortune that you find and about your activities to strengthen Torah and Yiddishkeit.

With wishes for all good,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Chairman of the Executive Committee