Though tzedakah is seen especially as a moral obligation at this time of year, it hasn’t stopped Jewish landlords from banding together to ensure that Hanukkah will end right on January 1, just in time to collect rent.
As anyone who has ever dealt with landlords in the Brooklyn nexus knows, those of a Jewish persuasion check out of the realm for any and every observed holiday, shabbat, Yom Kippur, what have you. And Hanukkah is the mack daddy of them all. But that doesn’t mean the Hasidic Landlord Alliance hasn’t made deliberately certain to resurface just in time to collect their debts.
And while many residents may only have the amount of money tantamount to the value of gelt, you won’t get any sympathy from the landlords fresh and rejuvenated with monetary lust after being underground for just over a full week. So when January 1st rolls around, will you be ready to pay the piper? ‘Cause you ain’t gonna get no “as long as it’s before January 5th” leniency.
Written by Genna Rivieccio