This week, over kibud, we read the Mishna from Bava Metzia 2:2, which talks about what kinds of things you must “proclaim” if you find them.
This is what our children had to say on what you’d need to return:
Girl 1: It depends on what it is. If it’s a penny, that’s not much money. You can keep it or give it to Tzedakah. It depends.
Boy 1: But what if a poor person dropped it? And they begged all day for a penny and that’s all they got? Then they’d be sad.
Girl 1: But if you put it in Tzedakah, then wouldn’t a poor person get it for food or cothes?
Boy 1: Oh yeah. If it goes to Tzedakah, then it’s okay.
Boy 2: I disagree, because I think you should put it in a box for lost money.
Boy 1: I don’t think you would know whose money it was, so that’s why you should put it in Tzedakah.
Girl 1: You should put it in Tzedakah because it’s hard to tell pennies apart.