The name of the recipient of this letter was not released.

20 Tammuz, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

I was happy to have had the opportunity to get to know your two sons who visited me. They made a positive impression on me. I am certain that if, from time to time, one would speak a little more about Yiddishkeit with them and the observance of mitzvos in actual deed, it would make a fitting impression on them. And it would be manifest in their [conduct and that of] the members of their household, [causing them] to come closer to the Torah and its mitzvos to a greater degree than at present.

In our discussion, they told me that you are suffering from problems with your prostate and that a doctor gave an opinion that it is appropriate to perform an operation. You, however, have hesitations about the matter because you feel that you are not strong enough.

In my opinion, you should ask the opinion of two doctors who are specialists [in the field] and you should also tell them your opinion. If they decide that you should undergo the operation, you should — in a good and auspicious hour — follow their instructions, and G‑d will enable the operation to be suitable and successful, [enabling] you to enjoy good and long years. In a simple sense, that means good, long, and tranquil years. There is, however, an inner meaning — that one’s years should be good and long in a spiritual sense. This means [years] filled with Yiddishkeit, for oneself and also through influencing one’s surroundings, particularly one’s children and grandchildren, that they should conduct their homes and their lives according to the path of the Torah and its mitzvos.

The time in which we find ourselves is referred to as “the Three Weeks,” a time period that recalls the time of the destruction of [the Beis HaMikdash]. We must remember what the Gemara teaches us — that the primary reason for the destruction was “unwarranted hatred.”1 Since we all desire and hope for the true and Ultimate Redemption in the immediate future, we must invest special energy in eradicating the factor that led to the destruction. This means putting special emphasis on ahavas Yisrael, the love of our fellow Jew.

In particular, the above has a special connection to kohanim,2 who, in the blessing [that precedes] the Priestly Blessing speak of “blessing His nation Israel with love.”As my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe זצוקללה"ה, נבג"ם, זי"ע, communicated in the name of one of the hidden tzaddikim,3 these words also have the intent that the kohanim will bless the Jewish people [that they be granted] the attribute of love, that they will have love for each other and that this love will be expressed in actual deed, in material matters and, even more so, in spiritual matters.

I hope to hear good news from you and ask you to convey greetings to your sons, from whom I also wish to hear good news.

With blessing,