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I Will Write It In Their Hearts - Volume 1
Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Guidance for the activities of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch in Montreal

Translated by: Rabbi Eli Touger

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No. 73

This letter is addressed to Rabbi Menachem Zev Greenglass, one of the leaders of the Lubavitch community in Montreal.
B"H, Tuesday, 20 Iyar, 5703
Greetings and blessings,

In response to your letter of 22 Nissan, your postcard of 27 Nissan, and your letter of 8 Iyar:

  1. We take part in your joy over the purchase of a building for the yeshivah, and we send you our blessings from the depths of our heart;

  2. We were satisfied to read in your letter of the positive activities that are being carried out in your community as a whole, in particular from the fact that more students have enrolled in the yeshivah, the positive impression created by the communal meeting, and the establishment of Shabbos parties for boys and for girls;

  3. It is very pleasing that you have begun deliberating about the establishment of a Beis Rivkah school. Let us hope that this positive intent will, with G-d's help, be transformed from the potential to the actual in the nearest possible future;

  4. With regard to the manner in which the Shabbos parties are conducted: You can deduce this from the album we sent you and from the reports of the Shabbos parties and the instructions to the counselors which you were sent. If you have any particular questions, write to us concerning them.

  5. We have instructed that you be sent the printed materials in the quantity which you requested.

  6. We were happy to hear that Rabbi Yosef Wineberg was able to establish an organization called Mazhirei Shabbos[1] and we read the article concerning its efforts from the newspaper. Certainly, you will continue to frequently keep us advised of the accomplishments of Mazhirei Shabbos.

  7. We derived satisfaction from your notice concerning the activities of Aharon Klein, Nosan Fellig, and Eliezer Silver.

  8. We found the tickets for the Shabbos parties which you printed and sent to us attractive, but we could not appreciate how it would be possible to use them on Shabbos.[2] Moreover, even if, when the tickets were distributed, it would be announced that [the recipients] should not bring them on Shabbos, [it is possible that undesirable results will ensue]. For forgetfulness is common, even among those distributing them, and the recipients of the tickets may - as is their usual habit with entrance tickets - carry them with them on Shabbos.

    In addition, consideration should be given to the impression that will be created among people who see the tickets, but do not know the explanation of the questions that will be aroused because of them;

  9. Glushtein gave 11 dollars and 50 cents for the Torah scroll.[3]

  10. With regard to the sichos which were published in Riga and Warsaw: please inform us which ones you have in mind so that it will be easier to clarify if it is possible to obtain them;

  11. Reb Eliyahu Nochum Barenholtz, a Judaica merchant in Toronto, wrote, among other subjects, that it would be desirable for a person to visit that community to strengthen the observance of taharas hamishpachah. Perhaps it is possible for you to take an interest in the matter.

   

Notes:

  1. (Back to text) [An organization founded to strengthen the observance of the Shabbos.]

  2. (Back to text) [For they would have to be carried in the public domain. See Letter No. 75.]

  3. (Back to text) [I.e., the Torah scroll to greet Mashiach.]


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