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Saul Robbins

As Jews we are commanded not only to return found objects to their owners, but also to take special care of these objects, seek out their owners, and reunite them with their lost property as soon as possible.

Deuteronomy 22:1-3 states:

"If you notice your fellow's animal gone astray, do not ignore it; you must take it back to your fellow. If your fellow does not live near you or you do not know who s/he is, you shall bring it home and it shall remain with you until your fellow claims it; then you shall give it back to her/ him. You shall do the same with his/her ass; you shall do the same with his/her garment; and so too shall you do with anything that your fellow loses and you find; you must not remain indifferent."

As an artist, I have taken the liberty to interpret this Mitzvah in my own manner.

One winter I photographed lost articles of clothing, mostly gloves, found on the streets of New York City. With utmost care I retrieved these articles, leaving behind a note with my phone number and email address. I left this note in the hopes that their owners would pass that spot again, notice my efforts to "reunite" them with their lost glove, and contact me. I took the glove home to be washed by hand, safely stored, awaiting to be reclaimed.

With more than 40 gloves in my collection, I have yet to receive a call.