This letter is addressed to the renowned Rosh Yeshivah, R. Moshe Dovber Rivkin, a former student of the Lubavitcher Yeshivah.

B”H, 21 Kislev, 5706, Brooklyn

Greetings and blessings,

We are returning to you the manuscripts of Reb Shmuel Sofer of the Chassidus1of the Rebbe Maharashthat you lent us to make offset copies. We have included copies of the books that were printed in this manner.

To a person like yourself, it is unnecessary to elaborate on the great value of the endeavor and the great pleasure [brought to] the author [of these manuscripts] when — because you lent your [copies] — these maamarim of Chassidus have finally been able to be brought to thousands of students and readers. Whenever anyone reads or studies them “the lips of the tzaddik rustle in the grave while his soul abides in the heavenly academy” (Tosafos, s.v. Agurah, Yevamos 96b; the wording used by Rabbeinu Gershom Meor HaGolah, Bechoros 31b, requires clarification). Is there anyone among us as great as David King of Israel? And he desired and requested that it be G‑d’s will that teachings be recited in his name so that he could dwell in two worlds [simultaneously], that his lips would rustle.

Since in all matters, [Divine influence] is conveyed “measure for measure,”2 it is certain to say that just as the tzaddik lives in two worlds, the reward one who endeavors [to make his teachings accessible] receives is twofold, both spiritual and physical, with abundant material and spiritual good.

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

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Executive Director

[The Rebbe concludes the letter with a lengthy postscript, restating and explaining in somewhat greater detail the points made in the postscript to Letter No. 193.]