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Woman in bright pink sweater (face obscured) speaking into megaphone

My voice has been loud for my entire life and I’ve never been especially good at controlling its volume. What’s more, I have a lot to say. Reading this week’s Torah portion, Matot/Mas’ei, I was reminded of  all the times I’ve been told to be quiet. Sometimes those requests were reasonable, like when I was talking too loudly in the back of my classes, but often, I was silenced because our society has left little room for women’s voices.

Matot/Mas’ei discusses the laws for men’s and women’s vows – which according to The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, is “a binding promise to another...

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