Leadership: Customized, Consistent, Friendly and Firm


By the Grace of G-d
8 Tishrei 5722
Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Aron Dov Sufrin
26 Linthorpe Rd.
London, N. 16

Greeting and Blessing:

With further reference to your correspondence and your efforts to help others in their religious and spiritual life, I am enclosing my letter to Mr. ——-. If further elaboration is necessary, I trust you will give it to him.

With regard to the question of how best to influence certain people with whom you come in contact, the answer depends on the character of those persons and sometimes also on other factors relating to family, background, and environment. Therefore, the best thing when such a problem arises is to consult with local friends who are more or less familiar with the circumstances.

However, I can make a general observation, namely, that the approach should be that of friendliness and cordiality, but at the same time with firmness and sincerity. This means that when one is up against a difficulty, the way is not to give up the effort, but rather to try another approach which might be more suitable for the particular person. An approach which may have to be either direct or indirect, but in a way that would find the person more responsive.

The list of pidyonos (requests) included in your letter of the 9th of Elul were duly received and were read at the holy resting place before Rosh Hashanah.

With reference to your last paragraph in your letter of the 4th of Elul, needless to say, there is no basis at all for thinking along those lines, and may G-d grant that you and your wife will bring up your children to a life of Torah, chuppah, and good deeds, in good health and to a ripe and happy old age.

Wishing you and all your family a chasima ugmar chiasma toiva [be sealed for a good New Year],

With blessing,


Image by: Barron Fujimoto (Jedi Master Yoda) [CC BY-ND 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0)]


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