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    Ha-Life

    Hebrew word for Life is Ha, which is the sound of our breathing. The ancients, in their disavowal of pretense and preferring simplicity over posture, often teach us the essence of things. Life is breath. And what is life but a breath? Last week, my family went to Irvine (CA) to see my father-in-law  who is tubed to a breathing machine . He can’t breath on his own because has terminal lung cancer, one lung already collapsed and the other compromised by pneumonia and deteriorating. The family had to agonize over taking out the tube and let him die peacefully. He was disoriented and violently pulled out the tubes intruding into his mouth and…