Nitzanim came in to the Jewish Enrichment Center ready to learn and explore! Before they even made it upstairs, we were already noticing the new signs around the building pointing to Anafim’s new and improved lost and found box.
One child came in with a BIG question. He came in and observed that losing objects is VERY different than losing people. And he was very excited about raising this idea with his friends at כיבוד [kibbud, snack].
Because it was Shavuot, I unfortunately don’t have the specific details of our conversation–at the Enrichment Center we choose not to write or take pictures on holidays. But the conclusions of the conversation went along these lines:
You don’t do the same things to find a person as to find an object–if you lose a person, you can ask the police. If you are lost, you stay in one place. You can ask grown ups around you to help you look, but you should stay where you are.
We then took into consideration the early rabbis’ discussion of how long to advertise a lost object in regards to how long to look for a person. We had some interesting questions.
Some children thought that a person is easier to find than an object because they’re bigger. Using this logic, they argued that you don’t have to look for a person for as long because they’ll be found more quickly!
Others thought was that objects are easier to find than people, because you can hear an object when it falls out of your pocket, but you can’t hear a person when they’re lost.