Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s health continued to deteriorate. He heard more rumors that many prisoners whose exile had finished were unable to settle in large cities. This prohibition would mean that he could not go home. Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s only hope was that he would be allowed to live in the nearest town that was connected to the telephone system, so that he could keep in touch with his sons. However, he was even denied this possibility.
Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s closest friends and fellow chassidim now gathered to discuss what measures could be taken to secure his release. Everyone realized that a tough race against time lay ahead. Once an official order from the NKVD arrived in Chiali stating the new policy of the Soviet authorities, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok would not be released at least until the end of the war, and even then he would probably not be allowed to settle in a city.
Unfortunately Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s release was hampered by a number of major difficulties. First of all, he had to acquire certain certificates permitting him to leave his place of exile. To do so, substantial funds were needed to bribe the authorities, including the various senior officials who were able to sign the relevant papers. Once these papers had been acquired, there was the problem of how to send them to him. After that, he needed a permit to live in another city, as well as an exit certificate and a transit pass.