This letter was sent to Mr. Yosef Robinson, a donor and member of the Chabad community from Chicago.

27 Tammuz, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

I received your letter from Parshas Balak. I am very happy that you accepted the proposal that I made while at the gravesite of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe זצוקללה"ה, נבג"ם, זי"ע, [for you] to pledge $1,000 for the work [inspired by] my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, in [North] Africa. It is self-understood that this will be deducted from the sum of $50,000 [that you pledged] as participation [in our work].

Your [willingness to] exert yourself and send the $1,000 on time, even though your cash flow is strained, increases your merit. This is also reflected in the interpretation of the verse:1 “Fortunate is he who thinks about the needy. G‑d will rescue him on a day of misfortune.” This [promise] can be interpreted as referring to a person who is himself financially constrained and can be considered as “needy.” Nevertheless, without concern for his own situation, he gives tzedakah, beyond his capacity at that time. As a result, he can be certain that he will merit the fulfillment of the promise (made later in the kapitl):2 “As for me, because of my simple faith, You supported me; You have enabled me to stand upright before You forever.”

I hope that the promise stated in the words of the prophet Malachi will be fulfilled for you, i.e., that G‑d asks:3 “Please, test Me in this,” in the mitzvah of tzedakah. May you see [thefulfillment of the promise]: “…If I do not open the windows of heaven for you and pour out blessing for you without any limit.” May G‑d grant that you actually see [the fulfillment of] this [blessing] in tangible results, with outstanding success, that you be able to overcome all of your obstacles and, indeed, that they make you greater.

With blessings for success and tranquility,