My dear father, honoured and respected famous gentleman Yehuda Leib, and to my dear mother, may she live long, and to my brother Yaacov, my sister Rachel, and my dear respected brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and his wife, who is my sister, may you all be blessed and may God grant you all the best.
I hope there will be an answer to my letter, and especially to try that a letter should go out every week, without excuses and without interruption, and write everything clearly about yourself and the dear children and about the family and about the whole area.
… It is not from envy because there is nothing to envy in the business, and about hatred there is none, so we can excuse him. But he has been warned that I will report it to my wife and mother-in-law and they will write to him about it. Please my dearest wife, write me a speedy reply and write all about your health and how you all are and about with whom my dear father conducts business and how the sales are in the shop and how much you have already spent there.
To send it in wartime, it would cost too much. I believe we will have to manage without it. I have nothing more to write. I can inform you that I received a letter from Sheiken from Slobodka, in answer to the money that he received from me.
My father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my dear mother, the chaste and modest Beile, and to my brother Yaacov, and to my younger brothers and sisters, may you all live well, and to my dear wife Taube, may she be well and happy together with her children.
To my dear and honoured father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my chaste and modest mother, Beile, may they live well for many years, and to my scholarly brother, Yaacov Kretzmar, and my younger brothers and sisters, may they all be blessed with all the best.
The letter was left unfinished and now I have received your letter, in which you write that you have received the money. I wish that God should see to it that I should be able to send more. It would be so nice if I could come home with 70 or 80 000 roubles. But hopefully God will provide as much as I need and a little more.