This letter was sent to the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, R. Ben Tzion Uziel.

Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

Before the approaching Season of the Giving of our Torah, I am extending my blessing that we celebrate the holiday of the acceptance of the Torah with joy and inner feeling “on the day following the seventh Shabbos,1 according to its inferred meaning,2 and this year, according to its simple meaning as well.3

In the teachings of Chassidus (the Alter Rebbe’s Likkutei Torah, Parshas Emor, themaamar entitled VeHeinif, sec. 2), there is a well-known interpretation of the phrase “The day following the Shabbos”;4 i.e., that it refers to a level above the holiness of Shabbos, the encompassing lights of the Sublime Mother, [the Sefirah of Binah]. This makes possible the Counting of the Omer, as explained in the Zohar, Vol. III, p. 96a.

Knowing how you cherish the holiness of the words of Torah and the holy sichos of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe זצוקללה"ה, נבג"ם, זי"ע,5 the kuntreis for the Shavuos holiday of this year that was now published is being sent to you.

With a holiday blessing and with great reverence,