This letter was addressed to the students of the Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, the Lubavitcher Yeshivah, in Montreal.

6 Tammuz, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

With pleasure, I received the report of your farbrengen and the meetings to strengthen [the study and the observance of] the Torah as a whole and the teachings of Chassidus in particular, when the chassidic mentor and emissary, R. Ben Tzion Shemtov, was in your community. My hope is that since “one who begins to carry out a mitzvah is told to — continue and — complete it,”1 you will not content yourself with choosing an executive committee and the beginning of activity in these matters, but will continue in these [efforts]. Moreover, as is the pattern in all matters of holiness, [the work] should proceed and grow, as [our Sages said]:2 “Proceed higher in holy matters.” (See [Tanya,] Iggeres HaKodesh, Epistle 14.)3 Thanking you in advance for [sending] good news regarding the successful development of these initiatives from time to time….

I will conclude with a matter of immediate concern: to motivate you to certainly use the coming Festival of Liberation of Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz in an appropriate manner as befits the place and time so that, in Canada as well, it will be noticeable that this is our Festival of Liberation and redemption for our souls. It should bring about an arousal and a strengthening in all the matters mentioned in the letter of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe (printed in kuntreis 59).4

With greetings to the entire fellowship and blessings for success in your holy work. It will also serve as the channel to draw down all forms of material and spiritual good in one’s individual and public endeavors.