I was told that if a person lost something they should turn a cup (or pot?) upside down say a tefillah and give tzedaka to rebbi meir baal hanes.
- what is the source for this?
- is it halachically permissible?
- why do we need to turn a cup upsidedown?
- what is the actual text of the tefillah?
- must the person who lost the item perform this themselves or can others do it for them?
- are the steps of the rite as listed above accurate?
- does the order matter (i.e. can I give the charity first instead)?
- are there other similar rites in judaism for recovering lost items?
- can you perform this rite for multiple lost objects all at once?