Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. Naomi has written for the Jerusalem Post and other publications in Israel and abroad, as well as to her mailing list, about Israel and Jewish issues.

Naomi's tenth novel The Devil in Jerusalem has been chosen by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency as the number one Jewish book of the season.
The story - inspired by true events - begins with an ambulance screaming through Jerusalem’s quiet streets. Inside, a toddler fights for his life, his parents nowhere to be found. With profound shock, an emergency room doctor realizes that the child’s mother, a young American, is already at the hospital sitting at the bedside of yet another child with traumatic injuries, devoutly reciting Psalms and stubbornly refusing to answer any questions. “שטן
The Devil in Jerusalem is a chilling tale of the paths that so easily lead us astray, and the darkness within us all. Click the book’s cover to learn more.

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Naomi has published ten internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play (Women's Minyan) that has been performed more than 500 times in Israel's National Theatre (Habimah) as well as in the United States and Argentina.
An Orthodox woman, feminist and iconoclast, Naomi is a tireless advocate for women's rights in Israel, waging a relentless campaign against domestic abuse and bias in rabbinical courts, as well as a successful Supreme Court case against gender segregation on Israeli buses.
With her tenth novel, The Devil in Jerusalem, Naomi continues her ground-breaking exploration of women in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world she began in 1989 with Jephte's Daughter, followed by Sotah and The Sacrifice of Tamar.
Naomi is a sought-after lecturer all over the world. If your group is interested in hosting Naomi, please click here.

October 2016 - The Devil in Jerusalem is published in paperback.
November 2015 - The Jewish Telegraphic Agency puts The Devil in Jerusalem at the top of its list of the best Jewish books of the season.
November 2015 - Naomi lectured in Newton (MA), Boca Raton (FL), Miami (FL), St. Louis (MO), New York City, Atlanta (GA), Cherry Hill (NJ) and Santa Fe (NM).
“שטןAugust 2015 - Naomi’s new book, שטן בירושלים, a translation of The Devil in Jerusalem, is published.
Le Dixieme Chant8-19 March 2015 - Naomi toured France and Switzerland, speaking to her readers in Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg and Geneva about her new French book, Le Dixieme Chant, a translation of The Tenth Song.
12-20 November 2014 - Naomi lectured at the Windsor Writer’s Conference in Windsor, ON as well as in Detroit, Toronto and Winnipeg.
The Sisters Weiss7 October 2014 - Naomi's ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, was published in paperback. It's the story of two sisters from an ultra-Orthodox family in 1950s Brooklyn who take very different paths, and then find their lives unexpectedly intersecting again forty years later. To order the book from Amazon, click the book cover above.

8-17 August 2014 - Naomi was the scholar-in-residence on Kosherica's Kosher Baltic Cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines Star. The 9 night cruise visited Copenhagen, Rostock, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Stockholm.

Salone Internazionale del Libro 8-9 May 2014 - Naomi took part in a panel discussion on women in Israel, together with Fiamma Nirenstein and Elena Loewenthal, at the Salone Internazionale del Libro 2014 in Turin, Italy.

December 2013 - Watch an interview (in French) with Naomi about her struggle against the haredi war on women in Israel.
Watch an interview (in French) with Naomi about Le Serment.

December 2013 - Naomi visited Île-de-France to promote her new book Le serment (the French translation of The Covenant).

Sotah 15 March 2012 - Sotah was published in Italian as L'amora proibito. Read a review (in Italian).

Jephte's Daughter March 2012 - Jephte's Daughter was published in an Italian paperback edition, as Una moglie a Gerusalemme.

Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes October 2011 - The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was published in French as Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes. Read a review (in French).

The Tenth Song October 2011 - The Tenth Song was published in paperback.

May 2011 - Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh directed a staged reading of Women's Minyan at New York's Westside Theater. The reading was produced by One Circle Productions, in partnership with Safe Horizon.

Watch the reading. Watch an interview with Naomi and Tovah Feldshuh.

Le serment November 2013 - The Covenant was published in French as Le serment.

November 2013 - Watch an interview with Naomi by Sharon Mor of Shaulina Productions about Naomi's new book The Sisters Weiss in Hebrew or in English.

6 November 2013 - Israel's Supreme Court reversed the District Court's decision against Naomi in the Shapiro case and ordered Shapiro to return the money she was awarded. Naomi agreed that the money be donated to charity.
October-November 2013 - Naomi toured the US, visiting twelve US cities and speaking about her new book, The Sisters Weiss.
The Sisters Weiss October 2013 - Naomi's ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, was published. Read an article about it in the San Diego Jewish World.
Chains Around the Grass August 2013 - Chains Around the Grass was published in an Amazon Kindle edition.
July 2013 - An interview with Naomi about her trips to Spain to research her best-selling The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was featured in Jewish Travel.
December 2012 - Naomi's play Women's Minyan was performed by the West Boca Theatre Company at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton, Florida.
November 2012 - Naomi visited Île-de-France speaking about her books.
5 November 2012 - Naomi spoke at the Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue in London, England.


Don’t Trust Your Instinct

I can certainly see why women, including Jewish women, would prefer a seemingly well-spoken, mature senior stateswoman, to a brash, loud-mouthed political neophyte who has made so many off-handedly offensive locker-room comments about women.

This would be your instinct.

How lovely, how easy, it would be then, to vote in a woman running against a man like that.

And how disastrously wrong.

If you love Israel, if you love America, don’t vote for Hillary Clinton

I’ll give you the facts, but honestly, past experience does not leave me hopeful. Eight years ago, to tried to deter …

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From My Home in Jerusalem

From my home in Jerusalem, I took a walk today. I passed the flowering gardens of Yemin Moshe, bright with orange and yellow blooms all along the block. I saw an Arab father helping his little boy onto the swings in Liberty Bell Gardens, and a little further down, I saw a class of forty haredi boys gathered together on the grass to have a picnic. As I passed the Great Jerusalem Synagogue, where both my son and my daughter got married, I saw a growing number of soldiers gathering by the entrance for some instruction, …

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The Country Won’t Survive Four More Years of Obama in the Guise of Hillary

I’m still getting lots of feedback on my last post regarding the US elections. Some people don’t think I have a right to express my opinion about the American elections because I live in Israel.

I find that kind of hilarious, considering how American Jews who aren’t citizens of Israel and who don’t pay Israel taxes, or send their sons and daughters and husbands and fathers to the Israeli army, or have to deal with Palestinian scum terrorists, never hesitate to tell us what to do.

I, on the other hand, do …

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I’m Just Saying No to Hillary Clinton

Yes, I’m voting for Donald Trump. And I’m proud of it.

If anyone had told me two years ago that I’d be making that statement, I would have done a Jon Stewart eye roll and stare. What? The guy from reality TV? The “You’re fired” guy with the funny hair and New York accent? That guy?!

But things have happened in the last few years that have made me —and many pro-Israel Americans in both countries—decide that this is not only our best but our only choice.

First of all, there is …

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Free Hate Speech on the Internet

Hate Speech

I came upon a website called “Traditio” hosted by –, founded by Evan Williams the billionaire. This site is so vile that it literally turned by stomach.

Here’s a very mild quote from this sewer of a site: “the international Jewish community which plagued Germany before Hitler and is today corrupting everything that is of positive nature.”

I complained about this hate speech to – and this is the answer I got:

Gerald (Medium Support)

Jul 3, 6:19 PM PDT

Sorry for the delay.

We have reviewed the account, and …

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Will the Dikes Hold?

"Refugees" demand to be allowed in

It seems as if the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for some kind of resolution. Millions have uprooted themselves from their homes, willingly or unwillingly, and now are pushing to enter the homes of others all over the world. Some are seeking a better life, and some come with a hidden agenda of contempt for the homes they enter, a desire to destroy and uproot the calm, satisfied lives of people who don’t meet their moral or religious standards.

They are waiting, waiting on the sidelines, waiting to make their push, to break open …

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The Swearing-In Ceremony for New Recruits

Jewish Bibles and M-16 assault rifles await distribution to new recruits of the Israel Defence Forces just before a swearing in ceremony near Hulda, Israel on May 9, 2016.

By the time we arrived, cars were parked all along the highway, long before the turnoff to the parade grounds where the swearing-in ceremony for new recruits was to be held.

I took out the chocolate cake I’d baked that morning, carefully balancing it in my arms; my husband hauled the plastic bag holding the drinks and paper cups. I felt virtuous. Here I was, a practiced Israeli, who knew that these events required food. But as I looked around at the people traipsing with us up the hill, I realized that once again I’d never …

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The Shot Heard Round the World


It happened in March, on our silliest, most joyous holiday, Purim. Two Palestinian terrorists walked into the Jewish enclave in Hebron, took out knives and stabbed a soldier. One terrorist was killed; the second lay on the ground twitching until an Israeli soldier, initially referred to as Sergeant A and later identified as Elor Azaria, calmly shot him in the head. The controversial NGO B’Tselem, well known for its fostering of anti-Israel propaganda, filmed the incident, then uploaded it to the Internet.

It made ugly viewing.

Unsurprisingly, Israel’s critics had a field day. Based on the …

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My Dear Hadar

Hadar Cohen

We never met, but yesterday, you saved my life, and the lives of so many others who live in Jerusalem. You save our lives, and gave your own young life with all its promise and all the joys of life still ahead of you, all 101 years of potential. You sacrificed that.

You were only 19. In America, you’d be in your sophomore year in some happy, academic playground.

Instead, you were in Jerusalem, in the IDF, on patrol in the Border Guard unit that stands between terrorists and the residents of the holy city of …

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Ten Best Netflix Movies – February 2016

Netflix Logo

Now, this is interesting. I’m going to pick ten movies I’m betting you haven’t seen yet, because there is a long list of great movies available from Netflix that I’m sure you have seen already such as: About a Boy, Black Hawk Down, There’s Something About Kevin, In the Bedroom, The Station Agent, Like Water for Chocolate, Room with a View, Rain Man, The Shining, Sophie’s Choice, Leap Year, Silver Linings Playbook, Notting Hill etc. If you haven’t seen the aforementioned, by all means, start with them, but I’m guessing you have.

Now let me convince …

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An Ex-Muslim’s Short and Brilliant Explanation of Islam

Arab Slave Market

I was watching another one of Pat Condell’s marvelous rants on YouTube when by chance I came across this stunning video created by an ex-Muslim who grew up in the Middle East and attended Islamic schools. Her explanation of Islam left me in shock and awe. So clear. So unequivocal. It cuts through all the insane chatter, the talking heads, the politically-correct, dim-witted speech.

You HAVE TO listen to her. Only then will you truly understand what is going on in the world, the “refugees”, ISIS, Islamic faith, etc. etc. …


To see this brave …

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The Lev Tahor Cult Exposed (Again)

Cult Protesters

Some of you might have heard about the cult pretending to be devout Jews called “Lev Tahor,” wanted all over the world for child abuse and forcing young underage girls into marriages with much older men.

The prestigious magazine Foreign Policy has published an eye-opening article about the cult that reads like my latest novel, Devil in Jerusalem, which is also about a dangerous cult pretending to be super-devout Jews.

You can read the article here (no subscription required).

Those seeking holiness, beware!

Israeli and American Jews: The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

It was one of those encounters that had happened to me so many times on book tour in America: the car ride back to my hotel from the Jewish Community Center after a few hours of lecturing, answering questions and signing books. Usually, the drivers in these short rides were enthusiastic volunteers who were fans and /or members of the book committee that had invited me in the first place.

This ride was no different. Slim, pretty, with expensive diamond rings, driving the latest hybrid, my driver spoke to me knowledgeably about my books and about …

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Swedish Complicity in Islamic Terror

Knife Terror

With Swedish girls being regularly raped by Muslims who are taking over her country, and the Swedish government doing its best to hide the fact, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström is hard at work … condemning Israel.

If it had only been the fact that Sweden recognized a non-existent Palestinian State, I would say: “Enough.”

If it had only been Wallström’s outrageous statement that it was Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians that was responsible for the radicalization of “peaceful” Muslims, I would shout: “Enough!”

But now she’s gone one step further. Ignoring the Palestinian murder rampage …

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An Israeli in Paris

Eiffel Tower

A trip to France reveals how its citizens are learning to live in the shadow of terrorism.

“So, you’re probably not coming…” my daughter said with a mixture of fear and resignation.

We were on the phone, I in Jerusalem, she in Paris, the day after the massive terrorist attacks in the heart of the City of Light. My French grandson’s greatly anticipated bar mitzvah was only three weeks away. For the first time in years, the entire family in Jerusalem—my other three children and six of seven grandchildren—had tickets to join their sister, aunt and …

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Seasons of Jerusalem


In my forty-six years in Jerusalem, I have known two seasons: summer and winter. Summer comes gradually, the skies clearing of clouds, dyed in cerulean blue, the color of Arab doors and the Caribbean sea. The sun grows larger, moving closer, its light bleaching the vivid red Italian tiles of rooftops and the deep green of old pine trees like water dripping into a palette of watercolors. The air bakes, moisture-less, until the sun leaves, then dances, unburdened, its cool breezes whipping through open windows like a sigh of relief.

And then, without warning, the clouds …

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