A six-year-old girl expresses her feelings for the Rebbe. How did the Rebbe reply?
The Avner Institute presents a sweet story from Mrs. Chaya Kahan, whose daughter Rivka, inspired by her mother, wrote a heartfelt letter and received proof of the Rebbe’s willingness to take time off from the thousands of matters crossing his desk to tend to his youngest Chassidim.
Mrs. Chaya Kahan relates:
I remember sitting down and writing a letter to the Rebbe. My daughter Rivka, who was then six years old, approached me and asked, “Mommy, what are you writing?”
I replied, “I am writing a letter to the Rebbe for his advice.”
My daughter then continued, “Mommy, will the Rebbe answer you?" When I told her yes, Rivka then asked, “Can I write a letter to the Rebbe also?”
I told her, "Yes.”
My daughter then sat down and wrote the following:
Dear Rebbe, I like you very much.
~Chasia Rivka Kahan.
The Rebbe's Response
Two weeks later, much to my excitement, an envelope came in the mail addressed to Miss Chasia Rivka Kahan. I then called my daughter over, where we sat down and read the letter together:
Miss Chasia Rivka Kahan,
Blessings and Greetings,
I was pleased to receive your letter, and thank you very much for letting me know how you feel.
I am therefore sure that you conduct yourself in a way that is fitting for a Jewish girl, the daughter of Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah, the mothers of our people, about whom you have surely heard about.
(The Rebbe's signature)