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.


My New Book, The Sisters Weiss

I am very happy to share this good  news with you:  My ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, will be published on October 15!  You can learn more about it here.

Also, I have a US book tour coming up in mid-October and early November. I’ll be lecturing in eleven US cities: New York (at the 92nd Street Y), Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Boca Raton, Birmingham AL and Atlanta. You can see my schedule here.

I’ll have details for you in the near future, G-d willing.  Hope to run into many of my  e-mail list members and give you all a fond, personal hello.

12 comments to My New Book, The Sisters Weiss

  • Char Stricklin

    I also thought the book was very good. For the most part, I find your writing excellent, however, I tend to find many excellent authors and their proof readers are making grammatical errors with the verbs lie and lay. Since I see this so much, I decided a few years ago to contact, if possible. The two I found in your book, The Sisters Weiss, are on page 214 – 11th line down and should be, “Why didn’t you lie down…”. meaning to recline. On page 303, 11th line down, also, should be “I saw it lying here…”, also reclining. Lay has to have an object.
    Indulge me; just hoping to make something good better.

  • Phyllis B. Levine

    I can “ditto” some of the remarks I read about “The Sisters Weiss.” It was a fascinating book and even better than a couple of the others I’ve read by you. I also heard you speak (two times) in Atlanta and enjoyed them both. You’ve won me over as a fan for life! Keep them coming!

  • Jeffrey Zarit

    Just finished your book on The Sisters Weiss. Enjoyed it, and learned about how Orthdox women have been and are treated like second citizens. I have mostly given up on my Jewish Heritage as I live in an area with few jews nearby and the only ones that seem to be friendly are the orthodox who only want to convert me to their way of living, which I have no use for. Will look for your other books.

    • Jeffrey Zarit

      You told me to read the book, This is my god by wouk. There is no such title in my library and I cannot find an author by the name
      of wouk. The only one I know of is Herman Wouk and this not the type of book he wrote. Please elaborate. I have looked at your other books, but the theme is the same in all of them. Two are enough for me. I enjoyed Tom Clancy’s final book much more. Am waiting to get WONDERS OF WONDERS a book on the musical Fiddler on the roof. I now read about 60-100 books a year. Cheers. jeff

  • Ro L.

    Dear Naomi,
    Just finished The Sisters Weiss.. Started it right after our Friday night dinner and continued through Saturday breaking for Shabbat lunch:) So sad that women in our very own back yards are suffering. Living in Brooklyn I am thankful to have best of both worlds. Similar to Michelle.. (Loved to read that she ended up in Flatbush Yeshiva- a school I am proud to be a part of) .. Religion is beautiful .. The difference is that one has to own it. It can’t own you…and that’s what I felt Rivkah discovered for herself and indirectly taught her Aunt Rose!! Thank you… You truly are an amazing author !!

  • Dee Levine

    I just finished reading Sisters Weiss and I couldn’t put it down! Magnificent, Fantastic and Awesome. I read it in 2 is that good. Thank you!!

  • Blossom (Yablon) Welfeld

    Dear Naomi- Looking forward to seeing you at the 92nd Y. Just read your book”Chains around the grass” for the 2nd time. I actually remember when you started HILI and were in my class for Hebrew. See you then. Shanna Tova!

  • irene kegel

    cant wait to see you at 92nd street Y…

  • Helen Kracoff

    Dear Naomi,
    Looking forward to seeing you in Boca Raton.
    Delighted to hear about your new novel…
    Best wishes always….Helen

  • Deborah Goodman

    So excited to read your new novel! Just ordered it on Kindle. Thank you.

  • Ellen Calderon

    I met you years ago and the Y in New York (on the elevator) when you were on a book tour then. I am living in Florida now and am looking forward to seeing you in Boca.

  • Dear Naomi: I am so pleased that you have a new novel coming up, and I can’t wait to read it. I also would like to find out your dates in N.Y. and in Boca Raton. Looking forward to meeting you in the Fall. Vera Joffe, Ph.D. (