On­the­money

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Well, at least it didn’t in­volve a Roth­schild bank be­ing bailed out by tax­pay­ers; and un­like that other great slump, in the 1930s, this US pres­i­dent was not be­ing ad­vised by col­leagues with such awk­wardly heimishe names as Bernard Baruch, Louis Bran­deis andFelixFrank­furter.(Although­we­mus­tremem­berthechair­man of the Fed­eral Re­serve, Ben Ber­nanke). But read­ers fol­low­ing a cer­tain dom­i­nant news story this week — hadn’t you heard? the econ­omy be­ing in a spot of bother — may have shud­dered at the fre­quently re­peated ex­pla­na­tion in news bul­letins as to why the United States Congress could not fi­nalise the great fi­nan­cial res­cue plan. Why, the bailout could not be agreed for the sim­ple rea­son that it was... Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Now, at this stage, we might make a joke about this be­ing fi­nal proof of the Zion­ist bank­ing con­spir­acy con­trol­ling global cap­i­tal... but, well, the in­ter­net might en­cour­age peo­ple to quote it out of con­text. So in more se­ri­ous mode, we take the op­por­tu­nity to ask read­ers to think about, and where pos­si­ble show gen­eros­ity to, the more vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims of to­day’s eco­nomic cir­cum­stances in our com­mu­nity: the sud­denly un­em­ployed who have fam­i­lies to sup­port; the char­i­ties now bereft of key bene­fac­tors; the pen­sion­ers wor­ried about their fu­ture. As we wish our read­ers well over the fast, we of­fer all of you our hope that you will en­joy a peace­ful, healthy — and a rather more pros­per­ous — year ahead.

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