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Letter from Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch – 1949 – Appointing the Administration of Kollel Chabad "Founded on the ...
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Letter from Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch – 1949 – Appointing the Administration of Kollel Chabad "Founded on the Heights of Great Holiness" and Nomination of R. Azriel Zelig Slonim as Director, "My Friend R. Zelig Slonim Will Serve as the Kollel Director"
Letter signed by Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn – the Rayatz of Lubavitch. Brooklyn, NY, 23rd Sivan 1949. Typewritten on the official stationery of Rebbe Rayatz, with his signature "Yosef Yitzchak" and several words in his handwriting.
The letter was sent to Kollel Chabad in Eretz Israel – a charity organization established by the Baal HaTanya, founder of Chabad Chassidut, with the objective of providing for the material and spiritual needs of Chabad Chassidim in Eretz Israel.
At the beginning of the letter, the Rayatz appoints the administration: "I hereby appoint the members of the administration of Kollel Chabad in the Holy Land… [R. Avraham Chaim Naeh, R. Shlomo Yosef Zevin, R. Shaul Dov Zislin, R. Azriel Zelig Slonim and R. Chaim Yosef Rosenblum]" and its head: "My friend R. Zelig Slonim will serve as director of the Kollel" (see next item).
Further in his letter, the Rayatz describes the importance of Kollel Chabad and his expectations from the committee members: "Kollel Chabad, which was founded on the heights of great holiness, my ancestors our teachers… is very close to my heart and I strongly wish to see it advanced, organized in the best way possible, and therefore I ask the members of the administration to devote themselves to it with great energy, to arrange all the matters of the institution in the best way possible". He blesses the members of the committee: "I hereby send you my blessings, may G-d help you succeed in your work, to establish Kollel Chabad on a good sturdy footing both in material and spiritual matters".
At the end of the letter, the Rayatz added in his own handwriting: "And blesses them in material and spiritual matters"; and signed with the Yud at the beginning of his second name in Ashuri script – his distinctive signature from the final year of his life.
R. Azriel Zelig Slonim (1897-1971), a leading Chabad activist, member of Agudas Chassidei Chabad and director of Kollel Chabad. He was one of the founders of Irgun N'shei UBnos Chabad and the Beit Chanah institutions, and helped establish Shikun Chabad in Jerusalem.
The letter was published in Igrot Kodesh of the Rayatz (vol. X, letter 3511), based on a picture of the present letter appearing in the book Migdal Oz (p. 38).
 leaf, official stationery. Approx. 28 cm. Thin paper. Good condition. Filing holes. Folding marks. Creases and wear. Marginal holes (not affecting text). Inscriptions.