Letter: I want to make a public service announcement. As a young professional working in Lakewood, I would go almost daily to the Starbucks in Howell and whenever I would go I would see many frum Jews. I would get an iced coffee with almond milk which, when I asked, they said was kosher. Imagine my shock when this past time, after months of going there, I asked them if the Almond milk was kosher, and he said it is not. Giving the benefit of the doubt, it could be it usually is kosher and just today it happened to not be. But through my horror, it made me think. Why do we think it’s ok, why is it very accepted, to eat in an establishment that is literally treif?? I need to be able to have a drink so badly that I am willing to go to a place that sells actual non kosher food, and our food is prepared literally at the same time as the nonkosher food, and right next to it?? When did this even become a thing?? I can’t wait the extra few minutes that it will take to go down the road to a kosher cafe?? Am I that spoiled??
After this experience, I decided to not go to a nonkosher place, even if they do sell a “kosher” product. We are supposed to be kedoshim, separate!
May we all have the strength to make the right decisions for ourselves and to bring nachas to hashem. My goal is not to tell anyone else what to do, I simply want to bring awareness to an issue that I just encountered, and I’m hoping that I can help someone else to hopefully not make a mistake that I made.
– A girl in her 20s who is just trying to find her way in this world that seems to pull us into it’s materialism so much, to the point where we can forget who we truly are.
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