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Snail Mail

Let’s bring back the art of writing a letter and mailing it.

Published: June 29, 2013


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Visitor Comments: 16

(15) Anonymous, August 6, 2013 11:10 AM

We certainly can and SHOULD send letters/cards any time we choose to do so. About 10 years ago an extended family member was dying of cancer. I really wanted to visit her, but she was too tired to see anyone aside from her husband and children. I thought she was probably also too tired to talk on the telephone, so I bought a card with a pretty picture and no message inside. On the inside of the card I told her I was sorry she was so ill and I missed her. I never saw her again, as she passed away shortly after the card was mailed. However, her daughter told me she was happy to get the card and had read it more than once. DSL? Only if one choose that option.

(14) Rhonda, July 9, 2013 3:34 AM

Struck a chord

Lori,
I would be remiss if I didn't write and tell you how wonderful this video was. I, too, love writing and receiving letters. I often roam through stationery stores searching for just the write note papers. As a teacher (4th grade), one of the first assignments I give is to have my students write and mail a postcard to me telling me about their summer. It's with great excitement that I wait for the first postcard to arrive and then read. Each kid is thrilled when his/her postcard is read and then posted to our bulletin board.
Thank you for talking about a topic that should be discussed and encouraged more often.

(13) Debra Prince, July 5, 2013 6:23 AM

I have always loved writing letters, and feel it is a dying art. As I put my last child on a plane to move to another state, she asked through her tears, "Will you write to me?" In that moment, I realized that my years of writing to them, notes in their lunch boxes, letters to tell them I am proud of them, letters to take the edge off an unpleasant but necessary conversation, and the fun of making our own cards for special occasions - I realized how important this had become to all three of our kids. So, every Shabbat, I write a "Dear Kids" letter, and include copies of past family newsletters, or excerpts from the journal they all wrote in and hid around the house for years. Now they are all married and living in NH, FL and WA, and they look forward to the weekly commentary, humor and memories. It is a good thing, and now they are writing their own stories and sharing them in family newsletters - very gratifying....

(12) Anonymous, July 5, 2013 4:04 AM

Precious Memories

To me hand written letters are precious, warm, and very personal, and show that one really cares. Another reason for me to write and place my letters constantly in the mailbox, is to support the postal workers as well, because of technology, many of them are loosing their jobs. Additionally, as much and practical as they are, e-mails are cold and do not offer the warmth a written letter or personal note would produce to a recipient. I only use e-mails at work for business, and even at work when I need to address certain issues, I do it formally on paper, never through emails. Thank you so much Lori, for reminding us the importance of receiving or sending a handwritten letter or note.

(11) rachel, July 5, 2013 3:16 AM

I keep emails indefinitely

My kids don't believe me when I tell them that an inexpensive but much-appreciated gift, especially for those leaving home, was a box of stationery! During college in the 80's, that's how students stayed in touch -- long-distance phone calls were just too expensive.
HOWEVER: I don't agree that email is cold. One can of course use it much like text-messaging (Me: can you stop at supermarket, we're out of OJ; husband: yes). But I also have written and received long emails that are very much like letters. Only the delivery system is different.
So for special occasions, I still send greeting cards, and when I travel I still send postcards (which are not nearly as easy to find as they once were). And I'm my mother's daughter, and she'd turn in her grave at the thought of anyone accepting gifts and then not hand-writing and mailing a thank you notes. But for anything else -- whether it's declarations of love, a discussion of politics or art, or a quick "how are you doing these days" -- email works just fine. And I've got emails going back years that I do re-read from time to time.
You should send this video to US Postal Service, which is having a hard time. You would be their Person of the Year!

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