Dear Friends, You are all cordially invited to join me for a book reception at 10:30 AM on Sunday on 8 November 2015 at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun at 125 E 85th Street in Manhattan. The event will take place under the auspices of the highly respected synagogue as well as the Institute of Jewish Ideas and Ideals, headed by my dear friend and mentor, Rabbi Marc Angel.
I will be speaking about my new novel (my tenth!) The Devil In Jerusalem, which will be published this coming Tuesday, 13 October. …
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My latest book, The Sisters Weiss, has just been 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 here.
This November, I’ll be giving a few lectures in various Canadian cities and in Detroit. You can view details here.
I hope I’ll be seeing some of you at my lectures.
Italy, while not the most anti-Semitic country in Europe, has certainly earned its place on the list. Anti-Jewish prejudice and anti-Semitic episodes almost doubled in Italy in 2012.
With a daughter and five grandchildren who live in Paris (long story, blame Sherut Leumi who sent her to teach Zionism in Toulouse and did nothing to protect her from handsome, charming, Orthodox Parisian men…) I don’t get to Italy very often. So it was with some surprise and I must admit delight that I accepted an invitation to be a guest speaker at Torino’s 2014 Salone Internazionale …
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Friends, here is a report from Friday’s English language edition of Haaretz, Israel’s most respected newspaper, explaining what the Supreme Court ruling in my favor really means.
Writer Ragen vindicated in plagiarism court deal by Maya Sela
A compromise agreement that represented an almost total victory for best-selling author Naomi Ragen was reached in the Supreme Court copyright violation suit against her. Then Jerusalem District Court Judge Joseph Shapira [now State Comptroller] had found in favor of author Sarah Shapiro, ruling that Ragen had violated Shapiro’s copyright. Ragen then appealed to the Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, …
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Yesterday I went to the Supreme Court of Israel with the hope that finally justice would be done and District Court Judge Yosef Shapira’s insulting, ugly, and false judgment against me for copyright infringement (which he called “literary theft” – something which simply does not exist) would be overturned, as was his previous judgment against me in another case.
I had hardly entered the courtroom when Chief Justices Naor, Chayot and Hendel immediately suggested throwing out Judge Shapira’s judgment, calling it “problematic,” and requiring my accuser Sarah Shapiro to pay back all the money she’d received …
…continue reading Naomi Ragen Wins A Second Plagiarism Suit in the Supreme Court
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 …continue reading My New Book, The Sisters Weiss
Like your first baby, an author’s first book has a very special place in their heart and in the hearts of those who read it. In it, all the inarticulate yearnings of the creative spirit find voice for the first time and the subject matter is often the most deeply felt and important material that an author will ever express.
My first book was called Chains Around the Grass. The most autobiographical of all my novels, it is the bitter-sweet story of a childhood in the shadow of tragedy, as …
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“I have finally received some measure of belated justice, and I would like to believe that more will come.”
Last week, after five long years of my being dragged through the courts, defamed, libeled and slandered, Israel’s Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Michal Tal case that stated: “There is not and never was any basis whatsoever for any claim of plagiarism or copyright infringement brought against Naomi Ragen in the Jerusalem District Court.”
Far from a mere technical victory, this ruling was an acknowledgement by Tal’s own children, one of whom is a lawyer, …
…continue reading Bleak House – The Sordid Story of the Michal Tal Case
Dr. Michael Factor is an expert in intellectual property law in Israel. He has a blog in which he writes about cases involving copyright infringement. He has just read all 92 pages of the recent judgment against me in the Sarah Shapiro case, and has posted his conclusions, which are very favorable to me. Thank you Michael!
Dr. Factor has confirmed what I have believed all along, that I have done nothing wrong, and given me hope that I will ultimately prevail in this case, as I prevailed in the Michal Tal case.
From Dr. Factor’s …
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בית המשפט העליון קיבל ביום 3/1/2012 את בקשתה של הסופרת נעמי רגן למתן פסק דין, לאחר שבית המשפט המחוזי בירושלים מחק את התביעה בעקבות מותה של התובעת, מיכל טל ז”ל.
פסק הדין, שאושר השבוע ע”י בית המשפט העליון (כב’ הנשיאה בייניש , כב’ השופט גרוניס וכב’ השופטת ארבל) דחה את התביעה ,וקבע כי “אין ולא היה כל יסוד לטענה כלשהי בדבר ביצוע של “העתקות” ו”הפרות” זכויות יוצרים אשר הועלו בתביעה כנגד גב’ רגן בביהמ”ש המחוזי”.
בפברואר 2007, שלח עו”ד גלעד קורינאלדי בית המשפט העליון קבע שהסופרת נעמי רגן לא העתיקה
The Supreme Court of Israel accepted the appeal of author Naomi Ragen for a verdict in the case brought against her by Michal Tal after the Jerusalem District Court vacated the case following Tal’s death. The verdict on Tuesday by Chief Justice Beinish and Justices Gronis and Arbel, accepted the agreement reached by Ragen and Tal’s heirs, rejecting Tal’s case, stating that “There is not and never was any basis whatsoever for any claim of plagiarism or copyright infringement brought against Naomi Ragen in the Jerusalem District Court.”
…continue reading Supreme Court Rules: Author Naomi Ragen Innocent of All Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement in Tal Case
Like many projects in the new Jewish state, “the National Library had modest beginnings, but a soaring vision,” said Lord Rothschild, head of Yad Hanadiv, a charitable foundation in Israel that has contributed untold millions to further the country’s academic, cultural and physical well being, at an inauguration ceremony held Sunday night, March 27, 2011.
The $200 million dollar project will encompass a brand new building across from the Knesset and Israel Museum, and the gargantuan digitization of thousands of books, which will then be made available to scholars all over the world. The present, unique …
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The other day, instead of reaching for my contact lens conditioning solution, I reached for my contact lens cleaning solution, thereby giving my eye a walloping dose of akyl ether sulfate. My next stop after the emergency room of Hadassah Hospital and the local pharmacy for a variety of expensive eye drops, was my local health fund, where I attempted to at least get some relief for my pocketbook, if not for my dignity. In order to get reimbursed for the drugs, I needed the medical secretary’s stamp of approval.
I sat before a pleasant-looking religious …
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