By the Grace of G‑d
16th of Аdаг 5739 [March 15, 1979]
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Greeting and Blessing:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your (undated) letter, in which you write about the situation of Torah Chinuch [education] in your community, and your personal involvement in it. I am gratified to note your dedication to the cause of Chinuch. I trust you will be able to report good news about your efforts to preserve and strengthen true Torah Chinuch, as well as all matters of Yiddishkеit [Judaism] in general, in your area.

I hope you had a joyous and inspiring Purim, which brought "Light, Joy, Gladness and Honor" to our people in those days, and we pray "So be it for us," both in the ordinary sense of the words, as well as in their deeper meaning, namely, "Light – this is Tоrаh," etc.1 We have the assurance that when a Jew is determined to strengthen Yiddishkeit both at home and in one's surroundings, G‑d blesses such efforts with Hatzlocho [success].

With regard to your question whether it would be advisable for you to move to another place, it would not be good for the children to have such a change in the middle of the school year. Besides, as already indicated, one has definite obligations towards the community in which one lives, and seeking to improve one's own situation would not help those who must remain behind. Indeed, when an active member of the community leaves, it makes their situation even worse. I therefore think that, for the present, at any rate, you ought to redouble your efforts to strengthen the situation of Torah Chinuch and Yiddishkeit in your community, and postpone the question of moving until the end of the school year at least.

May G‑d grant that you should have good news to report in all above.

With blessing,

M. Schneerson