VP Pence’s message to a Jerusalem bar mitzvah boy

“Your family and loved ones have given you a strong foundation to begin your passage into Jewish adulthood, and we know they are very proud of you for reaching this milestone,” he wrote.

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January 22, 2018 11:16
US Vice President Mike Pence speaks to a crowd in Florida in August. Pence will be visiting Israel a

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks to a crowd in Florida in August. Pence will be visiting Israel and its neighbors on January 20-23. (photo credit: JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS)

US Vice President Mike Pence wrote a heartfelt message to a Jerusalem-area boy on the occasion of his bar mitzvah, in a letter obtained on Monday by The Jerusalem Post.

“We hope this special time in your life inspires you to continue in your Jewish growth and commitment, embracing the lights of Jewish generations past and present,” Pence wrote. “Your family and loved ones have given you a strong foundation to begin your passage into Jewish adulthood, and we know they are very proud of you for reaching this milestone.”

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A letter from Vice President Pence to a Jerusalem bar mitzvah boy (credit: Lahav Harkov)

“As you celebrate this acceptance of Jewish commitment, may you be a continued source of blessing to your family, your teachers and your community,” Pence added.

The letter was signed by the vice president and his wife, Karen Pence.

The boy’s family shared the letter on the occasion of Pence’s visit to Israel, on condition of anonymity. The letter was a surprise, arranged by a mutual acquaintance.


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