Nothing for Me, Thanks – Drinking with Non-Jews
I was working at a law firm in Los Angeles, and it was holiday season for the non-Jews. “Bill,” a partner in the firm, invited all the attorneys to a holiday party at his home. Seeing little choice – Bill
was a partner, and this was my job – my wife and I gingerly stepped into the scene at the party. Non-kosher food was everywhere, with alcohol and wine flowing freely. We sat there with the partners and other associates from the firm. Everyone ate; we said “no, thank you.” Everyone drank; we shook our heads – no, we didn’t want anything. Eventually, our host and fellow guests asked why we were not eating. We politely explained that we kept kosher, apparently convincing them all that we had recently landed from Mars. While the food there was clearly out of bounds, some of the alcoholic beverages were kosher. Could we at least have had a drink?