I picked up - "Hey, I'm busy right now. Can I call you back?" - without even saying hello or giving her a chance to speak. This wasn't my pattern of interaction only over the phone, but also in person.
The spring holidays are such a time of preparation. Though Passover is still several weeks away, many Jews are cleaning their houses of the forbidden chametz--grains and leavened breads considered unkosher for the duration of the holiday.
In the throes of a presidential campaign, we are wary of candidates who speak out of both sides of their mouths, who say one thing but have done another. And especially this year, we openly yearn for more old-fashioned integrity in our national politics. But do we live lives of integrity ourselves?