This letter was sent to the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, R. Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi [Herzog].

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 “G‑d’s perfect Torah1 with joy and inner feeling.

This year, according to all opinions (Menachos 65b), [the Counting of the Omer]includes “seven perfect weeks,”2 not only perfect days.3

Rambam states (Hilchos Temidim U’Musafim 7:11): “And if one would presume that in that year4 Pesach fell on Shabbos as these fools5 have supposed….” It can be explained that [Rambam] calls them fools because the answer they provide is not sufficient. As Rambam concludes there: “They supposed….”6 For Moshe died on Adar 7 and that was either Shabbos or Friday (as mentioned by the commentaries to the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, sec. 292). See also Rambam’s Introduction [to the Mishneh Torah] which states: “Moshe our teacher wrote down the entire Torah in manuscript7 before he died, and gave it….” Thus the day following Pesach during the year in which the Jews entered Eretz Yisrael fell either on Tuesday ([which is possible because] they had not yet accepted the principle that Pesach should not fall on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday; this is a point that has long been discussed) or on Wednesday.

I hope that your health has improved. I pray that G‑d will send you a speedy recovery and you will return to a state of wellbeing in the very near future.

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, the kuntreis for the Shavuos holiday of this year that was now published is being sent to you.

With greetings, with a holiday blessing and with reverence and appreciation,

M. Schneerson