OpEd 14SEP13: This hasn’t been Safeguard Properties (SGP) finest year. To say that Safeguard Properties is Unkosher — treyf — is an understatement! From the outside looking in, it would appear that Safeguard Properties is rapidly approaching a cliff and instead of attempting to Alter Course, Amir “Alan” Jaffa has ordered Ahead Full Steam! Amir — I use Amir as he proudly displays this name within Orthodox Jewish Communities, but seems bashful in the real world so just trying to help him out of the closet — seems to be a bit out of his league; Amir always has been, though. Robert Klein, Amir’s father-in-law, was a man whom built Safeguard Properties from the ground up. Rob understood, early on, that you cannot shit all over everyone; Rob understood that even Torah required some conformity to the Laws of Man.
We are currently receiving reports that many of Safeguard Properties Contractors are quitting in Washington State. We are additionally hearing that one of Safeguard Properties larger Contractor/Order Mill in Maine may be throwing in the towel.
Currently, I am working with a Client whom alleges she is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bank of America Field Services Merger wherein Safeguard Properties took over the Contract. She is associated with another Firm alleged to be owed TEN TIMES that amount.
The importance of all this? The writing is on the wall; Safeguard Properties is going to reap what is has sown. They are already up against the ropes. Very, VERY soon you are going to see a Run for the Exit by Contractors and Order Mills alike. The only thing stemming the tide, so far, is the unspoken fear that Amir and the Family Business will either defraud everyone of what they are owed or drag their collective heels through the judicial system for such a long time that it would bankrupt anyone taking a Stand — ah, an Irony as I predict Safeguard Properties will VERY SOON have to seek legal protection. What a beautiful story, Contractors swooping in on several residences on Brentwood or Timberlane in Beachwood, OH. Hell, I bet most Contractors would do the Trash Out pro bono!
For all that Klein has been given to him since 1956, it would strike me that the least he could do to REPAY THE KINDNESS AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN HIM since his immigration to the United States from Hungary. The US accepted he and his family with Open Arms as the Soviet Tanks rolled into his former Country. And how has this Kindness been repaid?
Simply ask several of the Christian Females here in East Tennessee whom were defrauded by Jason Mathis and Brandon Lambert of GM Property Services. Mathis and Lambert, back from their recent felonious vacation in South Carolina hit the ground running by sending Safeguard Properties Work Orders to countless Contractors throughout the Southeast. Last count, over 75% of those not paid for services performed upon Safeguard Properties Work Orders were Christian Females.
This Article is going to get down to the brass tacks of the Klein Dynasty with Jaffa at the Helm. The reality is that the Klein’s, Jaffa’s and Halpern’s are Orthodox Jews. Is this material? I believe so; however, not for the reasons many will suspect. Religion is one of those things I never really had the luxury of accommodating. To understand a person or a company, you need to understand their philosophy; their world view. Religion is a good Gateway; the Splinter in the Mind’s Eye.
Orthodox Jewry is quite a novel concept. If the person faithfully follows the tenets of Judaism, it is a beautiful thing. When it is corrupted, you get the results which we have seen with respect to how Safeguard Properties has treated both the Contractors and the homeowners.
Safeguard Properties, since its acquisition of Bank of America Field Services, has become one of the most sued and socially ostracized Property Preservation Companies in the Industry. Safeguard Properties is the largest Mortgage Field Service (MFS) Company in the Industry. Safeguard Properties is also the biggest player in the Membership of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS).
With TONS OF LAWSUITS clogging up the United States District Courts across the United States, a Federal Racketeering Lawsuit — Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations — pending, the Attorney General of the State of Illinois filing a Multi Count Indictment, pending Claims for Refusal to Pay by Christian Females in the East Tennessee Region, allegations of hiring known and wanted felons as an Order Mill on behalf of Safeguard Properties and countless thousands of other Claims against Safeguard Properties it would appear that either Eric Miller, the Executive Director of NAMFS has gone blind or that the Provisions of the NAMFS Code of Ethics are not even worth the paper they are written upon.
I digress. Let’s take a look at what the Torah, the Jewish Bible for want of better words, has to say with respect to the PROVEN and pending allegations against Safeguard Properties,
Amos was a Prophet from the village of Tekoa. He warned the rich who had amassed their fortunes unjustly that they would not enjoy their riches, but would lose everything when the land went down in doom.
Take away from Me the noise of your songs and let Me not hear the melody of your stringed instruments, but let justice well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. — Amos Chapter 5, Verses 23 – 24
Micah was also a Prophet. He opined upon situations metaphorically similar to the Safeguard Properties Dark Path,
Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they perform and practice it because it is in their power. They covet fields and seize them, and houses and take them away; they oppress and crush a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, against this family I am planning a disaster from which you cannot remove your necks, nor will you be able to walk erect; for it will be an evil time. — Michah Chapter 2, Verses 1 – 3
One fundamental question that Talmudic Scholars discuss is: Did you do business b’emunah?
The sages are informing us that there is an ultimate need to tell in detail the seemingly mundane story of our actual daily good-faith business interactions. Why would the Heavenly Courts care for such an accounting, unless there is a deep moral good to be discovered in the particulars of how we performed the seemingly amoral activities of business? This question only makes sense if business activity and moral behavior have the potential to be one and the same: business “b’emunah.”
The weak need to be protected from exploitation, The Lubavitcher Rebbe (of Blessed Memory) suggested in multiple discussions.
The Torah prohibits a Jew from placing a stumbling block before the blind. The sages added a safeguard called strengthening the hand of sinners. Now, even in a case where the other person could have sinned without our help, we are forbidden from providing materials or other assistance when we know it will be used for a sinful purpose. See generally: Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
The Torah tells us not to invite suspicions on ourselves simply because of “the desecration of the name of Heaven.” In other words: Jew = G‑d‘s representative in this world; Jew acts fishy = reflects poorly on G‑d. Truly, it is the job of every human being to go about their business with respect for G-d and humankind. A Jew is meant to set an example – certainly not to be suspected of the opposite.
Of all People on the Earth, the Jews have learned the hard lesson of being on the wrong side of corruption. Jewish people are not really that different from other people; depending upon your flavor of religion, the Jews are the Chosen People of G-d. This Selection would seem, to me, to place a value; a significance, in attempting to Walk the Line quoting a great Tennessean and friend before he passed, Johnny Cash,
The people are so bad that G‑d has no choice but to wipe the world clean and start all over again, with Noah and his children. What was the sin of that generation? To quote the Torah (Genesis 6:11): “The earth was corrupt before G‑d, and the earth became full of robbery.” The Talmud tells us (Sanhedrin 108a) that despite all their depravity, their verdict was sealed only because of their robbery.
A few centuries later, the world is again in hot water (this time only figurative). Noah’s descendents build a tower (Genesis 11:1-9), in order to combat G‑d (Rashiad loc). What does G‑d do? How many does He kill? None. All He did was disperse them.
The Sages (Midrash RabbahGenesis 38:6) explain that though they had the audacity to conspire against G‑d, they worked together in harmony. This as opposed to “the Generation of the Flood who were robbers and there was strife between them, and therefore they were destroyed.”
Seven weeks after their Exodus from Egypt, the nascent Jewish nation gathers at Sinai to enter into a covenant with G‑d. He chose ten of His 613 commandments to personally communicate to the nation. Five of them deal with interpersonal issues, and three of those discuss the importance of honesty: Thou shall not steal, thou shall not bear false witness, and thou shall not covet.
The sage Hillel is approached by a non-Jew. “ am willing to convert to Judaism on the condition that you teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot. That which you detest, Hillel answers, do not to others. All the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a). — Well, Amir?! WELL?!!!!!!!!! What say you to the Christian Females defrauded by Jason Mathis and Brandon Lambert?! What say you to James Watson in Knoxville, TN, whom is going to LOOSE HIS HOME BECA– USE YOU REF– USE TO PAY HIM FOR WORK HE DID UNDER LAMBERT AND MATHIS?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This tradition is exemplified in a teaching by Rabbi Yosi (Ethics 2:12): The money of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own; prepare yourself to study Torah…
One must first learn to respect the property of others, and only then can he approach G‑d and the study of His Torah.
Oh, I know, Foreclosurepedia is being unfair. How can poor little Safeguard Properties be held accountable for what is going on? Don’t ask me; ask your G-d on Judgement Day! Matter of fact,
Rabbah, the leading Talmudic sage of his day, teaches (Talmud, Shabbat 31a) that when a soul ascends to heaven, the very first question she is asked is: Did you conduct your business honestly?
Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher, the “Baal Haturim,” reworks the entire body of Jewish law into four sections. This structure will eventually become the framework for the Code of Jewish Law. One of the sections, Choshen Mishpat, is entirely devoted to the laws of interpersonal relationships and the minutiae of honest business practice.
So important did the Jewish Scholars consider honest business practices that they dedicated AN ENTIRE SECTION to the minutiae of honest business practice!
What good is Chassidic teaching and piety if the main quality, love of a fellow Jew, is lacking—even to the extent of, G‑d forbid, causing anguish to another!
Anyone who thinks otherwise simply slept through Hebrew school.
The reality is that Amir Jaffa guides the Helm of Safeguard Properties. In addition to the hours upon hours of taped recording which were sent to us by a Contractor whom wore a wire into Five Brothers multiple times and recorded conversations between Joe Badalamenti, Tom Kalas and others, we have a veritable treasure trove of information on Safeguard Properties. The difference between the two — and these two are simply two examples of MULTIPLE EXAMPLES of business, ethical and moral problems exhibited by Members of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services — is that those whom are Orthodox Jews not only have the temporal quandary of how their actions reflect upon their fellow Synagogue Attendees, but if there is an honest belief in the One True G-d (B”H) as spoken each day in the Shema then their actions will have devastating ethereal consequences!
Torah observance must include ethical and moral behavior.
Those whom find my opinions harsh are in the minority. When a Company dons the kippah it has a responsibility which continues long after Synagogue ends. Am I an anti Zionist; do I hate Jews? No. Take a look at my Twitter Account. I have Orthodox Jews as Clients in New York and you will be able to see my own kippah. What I am is a gentleman whom despises that which Safeguard Properties has become and what it does, in particular, to the innocent men, women and children impacted by their actions.
This is an Active Call To Action to boycott Safeguard Properties. This is a Grass Roots Campaign which is already taking shape Nationwide. This is an addition to the October One Revolution. #OctOneRev
If you are a Financial Institution I implore you to follow suit with what Wells Fargo is contemplating with respect to Safeguard Properties’ Contracts. If you are an Order Mill doing work for Safeguard Properties and continue to do business with them, I pray to whatever Deity holds sway that you end up in the same circumstances which those whom I profile on here are in. If you are a Contractor and continue working for Safeguard Properties after reading this, you got what you deserved!