All of a sudden, on an ordinary Tuesday, 2 and a half weeks before Pesach, my cleaning lady Maria didn’t show up.
Where did Maria go?
I already know the answer based on many years of experience…
You, my nameless neighbor, who use Maria on a different day of the week, obviously offered her a dollar or two more per hour to clean for you on ‘my day’.
Is it fair? No. Is it the Torah way? I haven’t asked a shaylah, but it’s hard to imagine any Rav giving his blessing to such geneivah-like behavior.
Don’t you realize that if you bribe a cleaning lady to come to you, you are depriving me, a fellow frum Jew, of Pesach cleaning help that day?
If you live in Yehuppits, on Shlichus, and are the only frum family in town, you can probably bribe any cleaning lady you want, anytime you like, without hurting anyone.
If you live in Crown Heights and do it, without asking my permission first, you should be ashamed of yourself. Yes, your Pesach will be very freilach with your perfectly sparkling house. But how kosher will it be if you’ve treated me this way? Do you think Hashem isn’t watching what you’re doing?
If this article stops just one person from this miserable, disgusting behavior, it will have been worth my writing it. But I won’t say “Dayeinu,” that it would have been enough, until everyone stops it.
I ask everyone to spread the word and apply social pressure to your family, friends and neighbors to stop stealing cleaning ladies from other Yidden on Erev Yom Tov.
A truly kosheren, freilichen Pesach to all.