By the Grace of G‑d
12th of Sivan, 5717
Brooklyn, N.Y.
[June 11, 1957]

Greeting and Blessing:

I received your letter of May 30th, and I was pleased to read in it that you so quickly saw the fulfillment of G‑d’s promise, “Test me now herewith, saith our G‑d... if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing more than enough.” (Malachi 3:10). Thus, your pledge of £500 for Kfar Chabad, has been returned to you many fold. It is a pity that you did not pledge more, so that the benefit would have been so much greater. I trust, however, that this will be a lesson for the future, to remember how trust in G‑d is well rewarded.

With reference to what you write about your worries that after a period of five years there will not be any business, you probably are aware that there are many merchants who know of the saying of the Sages, “He who increases his worldly possessions, increases worry,” nevertheless they are trying to increase their worldly goods, taking a chance at increasing thereby their “headaches.” I assume that you are no exception. I mention this so that you will not take too much to heart the “headaches” of business, since they are the effect of “increasing wealth.” As long as you will keep the channels and vessels open to receive G‑d’s blessings; these channels and vessels being all matters connected with the Torah and Mitzvoth, G‑d will surely send you His blessings.

Having recently celebrated the Festival of Shovuoth, the time of our receiving the Torah, it is well to recall that that great event is likened to a marriage, in which G‑d takes the part of the Groom, and Israel of the Bride, and the wedding ring which the Bridegroom gives to the Bride, represents the Divine Blessings which G‑d gives to Israel in all their material needs. In other words, Jews should always remember that they are betrothed to G‑d, and owe Him undivided loyalty and devotion, in return for which G‑d takes care of all their needs, materially and spiritually.

With blessing in all the above,

M. Schneerson

Enclosed you will find a copy of a general letter, which I trust will interest Mrs. Jaffe.

I hope that my letter in reply to…, was duly received, and that we will have good news from him in all things, especially in the most important of all, a good Shidduch, very soon indeed.