Cape Town, Sunday, (immediately after Rosh Hashanah), 15 September, 1901

To my dear wife, Taube Kretzmar, be well in much joy. And to my dear children, sons David and Noah, and daughters Leah and Freda, be well and live in comfort and pleasure.


Dearest wife, I have received your letter, yesterday on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. I thank the Lord for His mercy in giving us health. May He send all that is good in the new year, and that we should be able to see our good fortune with clear eyes. Further, I got over Rosh Hashanah. I prayed with all my heart that God should have mercy and greet the new year with luck, and that He shall bring us together in a good way – so that we can live like the rest of the world. I hope fervently that the Lord will fulfil our wish, and so I close my writing. Be well and stay well, in good health and joy, as is the wish of your husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I also greet my dear parents, brothers and sister, may you all live well, from me, your son, who wishes you all good luck, Tuvye Kretzmar


I also greet cordially my dear mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and also his wife, my sister and the children, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, from me, your son-in-law, Tuvye Kretzmar


I want to greet very friendly Yisrael Jacob Grintz and his wife and daughter, and I wish you a good year with all Israel, your friend, Tuvye Kretzmar


I greet also my friend Eliezer Katz from Gonetz , I thank you for your gerus and I wish you everything of the best and a good year, from me, your friend, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar