This letter was addressed to R. Yaakov Landau who served as an attendant of the Rebbe Rashab and later became the Rav of Bnei Brak and one of the leading Rabbinical authorities in Eretz Yisrael.

Thursday, 28 Sivan,5706

Greetings and blessings,

In response to your letter of Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan:

Thank you for the copy of “the short note.”1 Redoubled thanks is forthcoming if you could send also [a record of the portions of the Rebbe Rashab’s will] that you remember by heart.

With regard to the letters: I will recount G‑d’s kindnesses for the license that has been granted:2 The “Suggestion for a Program for the Congregation of Israel” exists here. I am hoping that you will fulfill your promise with regard to have the kuntreis concerning Lashon HaKodesh3copied. From the outset, I offer my thanks.

In the interim, the book of sichos, Toras Shalom has certainly arrived.

With regard to your comments concerning [the prayer beginning] Yehi Ratzon recited after the passage [describing the sacrifices of] the Nesiim4and the deletion of the word al in the passage Yehallilucha [in Hallel]:5

All of the practices which were printed in HaYom Yom were included at the directive of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita. Before the printing, he looked over them (and there were some that he directed to remove, stating that they were not directives for people at large). With regard to these two matters, we also saw several times that my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, would recite the Yehi Ratzon and he would not recite the word al. Perhaps there were variations regarding this matter or perhaps since it was a matter not required of a person....6

We gave [the copies of] the Tzemach Tzedek to one of the booksellers here to market and he sent them to the Holy Land as well. I do not know how he will market them. [In this printing,] we added (in addition to the notes of the Tzemach Tzedek at the conclusion of the portion on Mishnayos), a volume on Choshen Mishpat (67 responsa), a volume of additions (75 responsa and 93 pages of commentary on the Talmud). And at the conclusion of the volume on Orach Chayim, we printed a copy of the Tzemach Tzedek’s actualhandwriting from a responsum on Choshen Mishpat, a brief biography, and a list of his printed works.

With regard to the series of maamarim entitled BeShaah SheHikdimu, 5672,7 I spoke [about this matter] several times with the members of the chassidic brotherhood here. But of what value is talking about the matter? The publication requires approximately $10,000. Who will donate that money? For it is obvious that we cannot expect that many will leap at the opportunity to purchase the book.

With regards to the members of your household. With blessings of all good forever, and [with the blessing] “Immediately to teshuvah; immediately to Redemption,”

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Chairman of the Executive Committee

Perhaps you already possess existing [records] or perhaps you could now write [a description of] the Rebbe [Rashab’s] activity in communal affairs in the years in which you were active in it, [for example,] with regard to the help to [Jews who settled in outlying communities].8 It is possible that eventually, it will serve as part of a biography of the Rebbe Rashab.