My friend Jane and I met for dinner last week andhad a good laugh about death. California's political campaign seasonis just commencing, and we were discussing, in an offhand way, whatmy husband, an attorney, might have made of an upcoming ballotproposition were he still among us.
"It's amazing that he's still dead," I said,without quite knowing what I meant. Simultaneously, Jane and I letout a roar, a "yipes!" of astonishment, as people do when they touchsomething hot, or come too close to the sitra atra, what kabbalists call"the other side."