I was fortunate to right this week's Torah commentary for Matan-The National Voice for Jewish Special Needs Education. Here's the beginning; you can read the rest on Matan's blog:
As a father of young children, I try to avoid using profanity in our home. Occasionally though–and primarily when I struggle to build IKEA furniture–my frustration gets the better of me, and, to my shame, I’ll issue a course, although satisfying, vulgarity. I should not have been surprised, then, to hear my three-year-old daughter, while playing with a hammer, joyfully repeating a word that might have made a sailor blush. While my wife assured me that she was saying “shoot,” the incident reminded me of what should be the great take away as we emerge from the High Holy Day season: words matter.