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Campers in Satmar’s Camp Rav Tov in the Catskills were writing letters to their parents, an activity which they do from time-to-time throughout the summer
One of the children, Avraham Brodie, wrote a particularly emotional letter, so much so, it was brought to the attention of the Rebbe Shlita of Williamsburg.
Avraham, an orphan, sent a letter like the other children, to his father, who was niftar. He addressed the letter to Gan Eden, describing his life in the camp and how he misses him. On the outside of the envelope, he wrote: “Anyone who wants to, please take it.”
In the top right corner of the envelope, there was a directive for the children whose father was not in the city, but rather in another camp or colony, to write the name of the camp so that the letter could be sent there. The orphaned child wrote in Yiddish the same line about his father: “You are in Gan Eden” (“ער איז אין גן עדן”).
When the counselors saw the heartbreaking letter, they sent it to the Rebbe, who was so moved, he responded personally to the child.
The letter was one of chizuk, telling young Avraham his door is always open to him.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)