In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, we present a letter from the Rebbe written to President Ronald Reagan in 1982, thanking him for his good wishes on the occasion of the Rebbe’s birthday, along with a message of gratitude and encouragement to the president of the United States for his efforts in maintaining America’s greatness as a Super Power among the nations of the world. The letter was written in English through the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, and was made available by the latter’s son-in-law, Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro.
The Rebbe’s emphasis is on the moral and spiritual super power which the Unites States has always been – founded upon the moral code of the Ten Commandments, a code which unites us all.
In this very turbulent political climate, when the U.S. is poised to elect its next president, the Rebbe’s eternal message is more relevant than ever.
This weekly feature is made possible by a collaboration between CrownHeights.info and Nissan Mindel Publications. Once a week we publish a unique letter of the Rebbe that was written originally in the English language, as dictated by the Rebbe to Rabbi Mindel.
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The above letter is from forthcoming book Chabad in America Through the Folders of Nissan Mindel by Nissan Mindel Publications. The letters are from the archives of Rabbi Dr. Nissan Mindel, a personal secretary to the Previous Rebbe and The Rebbe, whose responsibilities included the Rebbe’s correspondence in English.
We thank Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro, director of Nissan Mindel Publications and the one entrusted by Rabbi Mindel, his father-in-law, with his archives, for making these letters available to the wider public. May the merit of the many stand him in good stead.