This letter was sent to Rabbi Y. Dubov, one of the leading Chabad Rabbis in England.

7 Menachem Av, 5711,
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Greetings and blessings,

I received an invitation from the yeshivah to participate in the “message” that is being published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the yeshivah in Manchester.

Since the invitation was sent in English, I assume that the report or the journal will also be in English. Therefore, I composed the enclosed letter in English. I rely on your understanding1 whether to convey the letter to the directorate of the yeshivah and whether to publish it in another appropriate manner as well.

Enclosed is a copy of the talk I delivered to the students of our yeshivah who volunteered to dedicate their vacation to a campaign to strengthen Torah and kosher Jewish education throughout this country.

Instead of 7 Av being the day the Romans entered the Sanctuary,2 I will conclude with the blessing that we see, speedily in our days, the building of the Beis HaMikdash by Mashiach, a building prepared by the hands of Heaven.

M. Schneerson

Rambam, Hilchos Melachim, the conclusion of ch. 11, speaks of Mashiach as “build[ing] the [Beis Ha]Mikdash.” See, however, Zohar, Vol. I, p. 28a; Vol. II, p. 108a; Vol. III, p. 221a, and the well-known words of Rashi (Sukkah 41a, Rosh HaShanah 30a) and Tosafos (Sukkah, loc. cit.), [which speak of the Beis HaMikdash descending from Heaven].3