This letter was addressed to R. Eliyahu Shmuel Kahanov.

The Festival of Redemption,
13 Tammuz, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

I was sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.

May the Omnipresent comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

It is well known that one of the reasons a fast associated with a disturbing dream is effective on Shabbos is that since Shabbos is a time of delight,1 it is impossible for pain to be borne in the world. Hence, as a consequence, all the attributes of judgment2 will be nullified.

Today is a day of happiness, a day of rejoicing and the day of liberation and the redemption of the soul of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, of which he writes in his [renowned] letter3 — “It was not myself alone that the Holy One, blessed be He, redeemed on Yud-Beis Tammuz, but also those who love the Torah and observe its commandments, and so too ‘all those who merely bear the name Jew.’” On this day of happiness, all aspects of judgment and diminutive intellectual capacities 4 will be nullified, and you will not suffer further pain.

With blessings of consolation,