How Can a Religious Person Justify Being a Slumlord?

The pious Orthodox Jew who is also a notorious slumlord—now there’s a touchy subject, especially inside the large and diverse community of Jews in New York. After the Voice published its series this spring on the city’s 10 worst landlords, which included some religious Jews, Rabbi Jill Jacobs tackled the topic, writing a column titled When the Slumlords Are Us for the Forward. This was already a familiar subject for the Conservative rabbi and activist — via

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