This letter was addressed to R. Chayim Yaakov Gass.

4 Menachem Av, 5711,

Greetings and blessings,

I was happy to hear greetings from you from our friend, the chassidic mentor, R. Avraham Eliyahu Axelrod. He also sent me the money you gave for maamad.1

I am certain that your participation in maamad is not only in the financial sphere, but instead, reflects more your heart’s feeling and is an indication of your bonding to my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe זצוקללה"ה, נבג"ם, זי"ע, who sacrificed himself to enable the Torah and Yiddishkeit to flourish throughout the entire world, particularly in this land. Even now, to quote the holy Zohar:2 “A tzaddik who has departed is to be found in all the worlds more than during his lifetime.” He watches after all those matters that he achieved, and he derives satisfaction from [seeing] his achievements grow and flourish with success. For all those who participate and assist in his concerns, each one according to his potentials, the tzaddik arouses mercy, enabling every one of them to be blessed in what they need.

On this occasion, I am sending you an [edited] transcript of a talk that I gave to the students of the yeshivah who use their vacation to travel throughout the country to strengthen Yiddishkeit. I hope that it will also interest you. You can easily use the ideas in the talk to influence those with whom you are acquainted to draw them close to the Torah and its mitzvos in general and to the customs and paths of Chassidus in particular.

With blessings for long life and good years in a simple sense, and also, according to the inner meaning, that you enjoy good and healthy years filled with the light of the Torah and the candle of mitzvah.3