There are some books scattered around in this small, but private room. And I’m watching Nurse Jackie on my brother’s laptop. It’s a good show but the humor falls short with me, considering these circumstances.
And then suddenly I noticed that my brother Joe left his prayer book, the Siddur. I pick it up and look for something inspirational, something to get me through this day. I see the “Blessing For Fragrances.” That won’t work, as the hospital’s fragrances are not what the Blessing seems to be intended for.
Then I see “Blessing over Mezuzah.” Now we’re talking! The lightening bolt strikes! We need a mezuzah for the doorpost of this room. Evil spirits, bad boogie looming. I’ve heard of mezuzah’s for cars, why not a hospital room?
So I called Joe to find a kosher mezuzah. He says “No, we can’t hang a mezuzah on a temporary dwelling.” Curses, foiled again.