Chronicle of Kashrut Vol. 2


February 22, 2007

Starbucks Coffee Liqueurs

Brands: Starbucks  
Products: Coffee Liqueurs
Issue: Although the OU symbol is not yet on the bottles, please be advised that these products are certified as follows:StarbucksTM Coffee Liqueur is
OU, Kosher and Parve.
StarbucksTM Cream Liqueur is OU-D, Kosher and Dairy.

This just in from the OU, although it could have come from the Coffee Addicts Society: Starbucks Coffee Liqueur is OU Pareve. Although not all the bottles have this designation written on it.  The Cream Liqueur is OU-Dairy, so its a no-no for Shabbat and anytime after breakfast.

Now Godiva does not have the market cornered on good pareve liqueur you can serve after a delicious Shabbat Dinner. Unless you are a chocolate addict.   Of course for the more worldy folks there is the Italian Disaronno Amaretto, close to perfection if you ask me.  I know that everyone is breathing a deep sigh of relief.  We will report on if this new Starbucks Coffee is tasty hopefully by next Shabbat.

On the occasion of W.H. Auden’s 100th Birthday

The Unknown Citizen

by W. H. Auden

(To JS/07 M 378
This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State)

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be

One against whom there was no official complaint,

And all the reports on his conduct agree

That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a


For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.

Except for the War till the day he retired

He worked in a factory and never got fired,

But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.

Yet he wasn’t a scab or odd in his views,

For his Union reports that he paid his dues,

(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)

And our Social Psychology workers found

That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.

The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day

And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.

Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,

And his Health-card shows he was once in a hospital but left it cured.

Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare

He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan

And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,

A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.

Our researchers into Public Opinion are content

That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;

When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.

He was married and added five children to the population,

Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his


And our teachers report that he never interfered with their


Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:

Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

From Another Time by W. H. Auden, published by Random House. Copyright © 1940 W. H. Auden, renewed by The Estate of W. H. Auden. Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

For more see The Auden Society

“Our own fate is of less importance”


Cross posted at 

In another footnote to the horror of the Holocaust, Otto Frank, father of Ann Frank, tried in vain to emigrate to the USA on the even of WWII, and even after the outbreak of war. In 1941, still before the final solution, before the Nazis laid waste to the bulk of European Jewry, Frank tried in vain to get his family out.

If the United States had not had in place anti-Semitic and racist laws preventing them —and hundreds of thousands of others that sought refuge— Ann Frank might be a writer living in the USA today. There were nearly 300,000 names on a waiting list for an immigration visa.

NEW YORK: Anne Frank’s father sent desperate letters to friends and family in the United States pleading for financial assistance to help the family escape from the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, according to papers made public Wednesday.

“I would not ask if conditions here would not force me to do all I can in time to be able to avoid worse,” Otto Frank wrote to a college friend, Nathan Straus, in April 1941. “It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance.”

from the IHT

Even with his connections in America, of course we all know that he failed. Margot Adler’s piece on NPR is actually one of the most intense things I have heard on radio in a long time.


Actual Temple Location found?


Researcher says found location of the Holy Temple

Archaeology Professor Joseph Patrich uncovered a large water cistern that points, in his opinion, to the exact location of the altar and sanctuary on the Temple Mount. According to his findings, the rock on which the Dome of the Rock is built is outside the confines of the Temple.