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.