This letter was addressed to R. Ben Tzion Shemtov, one of the active members of the chassidic brotherhood.

B”H, 27 Tammuz, 5707

Greetings and blessings,

Your letter of 9 Tammuz arrived on the Festival of Liberation, Yud-Beis Tammuz. On that day, I recalled before my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, all of the [chassidim] imprisoned wherever they are: Goldin, Serebranski, and all the temimim and the members of the chassidic brotherhood in our country.1

Based on our Sages’ teaching,2 “Although the wine belongs to its owner, the gratitude is given the butler (see Derech Mitzvosecha, mitzvas milah, ch. 3), I mentioned that the one who prompted this was R. Ben Tzion [Shemtov].

Certainly you have seen the telegram [sent by] my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, for the Festival of Liberation. The Rebbe said there was no need for an individual reply with regard to [the people] I mentioned before him.

I sent you the biography of the Rebbe Maharash that was published for the Festival of Liberation. You will certainly acknowledge your receipt of it.

I am surprised that in your letter you do not mention that you already brought your family to Paris or what is happening with regard to your documents and your visa [for America].

Please give regards to all who send good wishes. Concluding with wishes for all good forever,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson

Thank G‑d, my revered mother is well.