This letter was addressed to Rav Yaakov Katz, an active member of the Jewish community in Chicago and one of the primary supporters of Lubavitch in its early years in the U.S.

B”H, 7 Shvat, 5706, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

The check you sent to Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch was received at the appropriate time. Enclosed is a receipt. We ask your forgiveness that, due to many other involvements, the matter was delayed until the present.

Based on what you told me while [visiting] here, that you desire to participate in the expenses of printing texts, works of Chassidus, which we publish, I have given you a share — dependent on your consent — in the printing of Kuntreis Toras HaChassidus for $25 and in the printing of Kuntreis Etz HaChayim for $35. I am sending you Kuntreis Toras HaChassidus under a separate cover. The printing of Kuntreis Etz HaChayim has not been completed. When it will be completed, we will send it to you.

There are other texts of Chassidus in the process of publication. Select individuals have, however, volunteered to donate the printing expenses [for these texts] and so I cannot enable you to participate in this.

I will use this opportunity to ask you to return [the manuscript of] the talks of the Pesach holiday [from last year] which I lent you a while ago.

At the conclusion of its description of the laws of Pesach, this week’s Torah reading states (Shmos 13:8): “And you shall tell your son.” This teaches us that at the time the Jewish people left Egypt, the Holy One, blessed be He, exhorted them to endeavor to communicate to youth and enable them to understand the concept of the Torah and its mitzvos. And [our Sages] said (Pesachim 10:4): “According to the son’s understanding, his father should teach him,” i.e., one must contemplate the nature of the character of the youth being educated, and [on that basis,] seek out ways to draw him closer.

These concepts apply at all times, for there is a concept of departing from Egypt every day. It is a fundamental point of great [import] that one endeavor to bring another person, whomever he be, closer to the Torah and its mitzvos, either by speaking to him, communicating through writing, or through printed material in which one took a share in publishing.

May it be G‑d’s will that you receive much satisfaction and pleasure from all your household and that you bring them to Torah study, marriage, and good deeds.

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

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Executive Director