We all know that sinking feeling of having lost something dear to our heart. Sometimes these things are gone for good, and there’s no hope of ever recovering them. But occasionally, lost items – from physical objects to friends, from pride to core parts of our identity – do resurface. And those journeys between being lost and being found can often be long, winding and bewildering.
If returning a lost item is a mitzvah, Anton Fokarev is a bona fide tzaddik. In the prologue, Mishy visits Anton’s kingdom: The lost-and-found department at the entrance to the Savidor Merkaz train station in Tel Aviv. This is where lost items from all seventy railway stations in Israel end up, and where some unusual items wait to be claimed.
When neighbors Steve Gray and Anat Harrel of Kibbutz Hanaton lost their jobs as tour guides due to the pandemic, they decided to play Indiana Jones for a while and volunteer at a nearby archeological dig. But when an amazing discovery was unearthed, their simple attempt to keep busy turned into something much more complicated and all-consuming. Skyler Inman tells a story of friendship and perseverance, tradition and renewal and – above all – of a quixotic race to move a hole in the ground from one place to another and save a 2,000-year-old mikveh.
Zev Levi scored and sound-designed the episode with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to Sasha Foer, Wayne Hoffman, Esther Werdiger, Sheila Lambert, Erica Frederick, Jeff Feig and Joy Levitt.