This letter was sent to R. Elyakim Getzel Berger from London.

25 Iyar, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

I received greetings from you and your family from the chassidic communal leader, R. Ben Tzion Shemtov. Your pan was also conveyed. I read it at the gravesite of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe זצוקללה"ה, נבג"ם, זי"ע, when I visited there last Lag BaOmer.

You are certainly aware that Lag BaOmer is the day of the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, yet he called it: “My day of rejoicing.” It is known that “Joy breaks through barriers.”1 Reading the pan onRabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s day of rejoicing at the gravesite of our nasi — who, [following the example of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai,] is the one who reveals the secrets of the Torah in our generation and through whose teachings we are connected to pnimiyus haTorah, the Tree of Life, through which we are connected and cleaving to the living G‑d2 — can break through all the veilings and concealments [of G‑dliness] and draw down what every individual needs with regard to ample [blessings for] children, health, and sustenance. I hope that you will be able to share good news with me regarding the matters that you write about in the pan.

Enclosed is the sichah for Lag BaOmer that was published recently. Study it and contemplate it deeply, for in it, you will be able to satisfy the thirst of your soul regarding several matters that require explanation.

With hope that you will share good news regarding yourself and the members of your household, and concluding with blessings for a happy Shavuos holiday and for receiving the Torah with joy and inner feeling.