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.

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Join Naomi in New York at the Skirball Center's Meet the Author Evening on April 25, 2017 at 6:30PM.



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 - is a chilling tale of the paths that so easily lead us astray, and the darkness within us all. “שטן
Click the book’s cover to learn more.


Watch Valérie Abécasis' interview with Naomi on French Channel 24's Culture program. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.





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.


March 2017 - Naomi spoke in the Paris region about her new book Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss.
January 2017 - Naomi is interviewed by Valérie Abécasis on French Channel 24's Culture program. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.
“LesDecember 2016 - Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss, is published.
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 Sarah 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.

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Muslim Refugees Are Not Holocaust Victims, and President Trump’s Ban is Vital

I can’t believe I actually have to write this article. But I’ve been asked to by intelligent Jews who can’t seem to get through to their brain-washed brethren glued to the NY Slimes and CNN. So I’ll say it slowly. Our President’s temporary entry ban of all non-U.S. citizens from terror sponsoring and infected countries (countries chosen, by the way, by Barack Hussein Obama and contained in a law passed by Congress) is nothing like what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust.

First of all, do you know what the Holocaust was? I didn’t think …

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Free Hate Speech on the Internet

I came upon a website called “Traditio” hosted by Medium.com – http://medium.com, 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 medium.com – http://medium.com 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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The Swearing-In Ceremony for New Recruits

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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Two Minutes

The festivities for Israel’s 65th Independence Day are in full swing. But for us in Israel, before the hora dancing, the plastic hammers, and the fireworks, there are the sirens. Two minutes of time to stand and think.

First, the siren goes off for Holocaust Memorial Day. It stops traffic. We get out on the highway, eyes closed, hearts heavy. The scenes rip through our souls: emaciated bodies in piles, starving children in rags, family members ripped apart and sent to their death in factory-like settings conceived by meticulous Germans with their talent for efficiency. We …

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Miryam and Marie

They were all the same those cowardly young jihadi butchers; all soul-less, Nazi wannabees inspired by hatred and death; morons with brains and hearts the size of pebbles.

I was in New York City for a wedding when I turned on the television news and saw pictures of the Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse.

I could not believe my eyes.

A little over twelve years ago our daughter Rachel had done her second year of National Service there, trying her best to infuse the children and the community with her own love of Israel and their …

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A True Jewish Hero – Part Two

Everyone who had known Saba Avraham was blessed with the knowledge that his magnificent legacy would live on within them and all the generations that follow.

In part one of “A True Jewish Hero,” published in The Jerusalem Post Magazine on February 24, I followed the story of Avraham and Naomi Timor’s escape from the Holocaust, and their lives as religious, Jewish pioneers in pre-State Israel.

The travails of the War of Independence forced them to abandon their …

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A True Jewish Hero – Part One

“Like the biblical Abraham, Abraham Timor was a man of faith, courage and strength who rose to every challenge.”

“By January 1948, the settlement of Neve Yaakov was under siege. The thirty families were under attack by the Arabs of Shuafat, who blocked the road to Jerusalem and cut the water lines. Supplies could only be obtained by giving large bribes to the British police. That is how we got matzah for Pesach.”

So wrote Abraham (Wexler) Timor, Hagana commander of Neveh Ya’acov, many years later in a newsletter to his eight children and 120 grandchildren …

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The Woman with Many Names

My mother-in-law, Shirley Ragen, passed away yesterday in Jerusalem at age 85 after seven torturous years succumbing to a merciless illness which left her unable to speak, walk, or move her limbs. But the last period of her long life, was not her worst. The worst happened when she was eighteen and the Nazis came to her home in Uzhhorod (now in Ukraine), beating her little brother senseless, and carting away herself, her three sisters, two brothers, parents, and beloved grandmother.

The worst was the cattle car ride, and the platform in Auschwitz in which she …

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Israel’s Memorial Day 2010

I have just sat down after the fading notes of the siren have finally disappeared. It is another Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen. We have lost 22, 684 sons and daughters. For a little country like Israel, that is an enormous and incalculable loss. Over the years, I have told all those ready to listen Israel’s well-kept secret: there is no Israeli army. There is only my son and your daughter, and the neighbor’s kids. Every loss is the loss of not only an individual, but of generations: the children who will never be born, the …

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Debunking Barack Obama

In an election year, we need to be really careful about what we send out and what we say about all candidates who might become the next leader of the free world. But we also need to arm ourselves with information.

I was very interested in the e-mail circulating quoting Newsweek and Snopes about the “lies” being spread about Mr. Obama. I investigated. Interestingly, the debunkers debunk all kinds of things I never heard of, like Obama not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, or using a Koran instead of a Bible in his swearing in ceremony. …

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The People I Live Amongst

I once lived in what shall remain an unnamed city in the Western world, in which one of the most prominent organizations was called: Parents of Murdered Children. In this place, the kidnapping and molestation and murder of children was endemic, so much so that I wouldn’t let my children go out of the house alone. Ever.

In this city, a woman’s car once broke down on the highway. Within ten minutes, a car picked her up, and she was subsequently raped and murdered. And I wondered: What kind of people live in this place that …

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The New Anti-Semitism

The following article, by Barabra Amiel, recently appeared in the British press. It is reproduced here, along with a reaction by Tom Gross.

Islamists overplay their hand but London salons don’t see it

By Barbara Amiel

(Filed: 17/12/2001)

In a column in last week’s Spectator, Petronella Wyatt noted that “since September 11 anti-Semitism and its open expression has become respectable at London dinner tables.”

This is an accurate observation and cannot be avoided by simply staying at home.

Recently, the ambassador of a major EU country politely told a gathering at my home that the current …

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The House with the Red Geraniums

After eight long years of internal upheavals, including a assassination that tore the heart out of the country; after thousands and thousands of terrorist attacks that left hundreds of Israeli citizens dead, and thousands more injured, the Israeli government has issued a statement saying: “Yasir Arafat is no longer relevant.”

If the week that statement was made had not been so blood-soaked, it might almost have been laughable.

The assumption in which the entire Oslo Process began and operated, and continues to confuse the minds of a small, but significant minority, of Israelis, has been declared …

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The Moment of Truth

When I was a little girl growing up in New York City, I remember hearing a program about Auschwitz. My mother wouldn’t let me watch. But unknown to her, the television was perfectly audible in my bedroom. I learned about how the St. Louis had wandered the seas with Hitler’s prey, Jews looking for refuge, and how every country in the world had seen fit to close its doors. And how Hitler had learned from this that he could do as he wished with the Jews of Europe.

I learned about the camps: the Zyklon B …

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Beautiful Young Faces

The morning after two young boys out walking in the clean air of Judea, were taken, their skulls smashed, their bright, young faces crushed with stones so that even their mothers could not recognize them; the morning after that happened, I took a bus to downtown Jerusalem.

I sat there. The voice of the radio blared. It was an Israeli newscaster interviewing someone. I was in the back of the bus, and all I heard was the word “peace”. Again and again, questions began and ended. Peace, peace, peace. While Yasir Arafat hadn’t condemned the boys’ …

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Achieving Jewish Unity: Fighting Our Real Enemies

I was watching the American talk show “Ricki Lake” the other day. The hostess, a plump Jewish girl with a good heart, was trying to reform young haters by letting them spend the day with the object of their venom. And so a homophobic teenager was partnered with a young lesbian, etc. In the good old American way, the two found mutual understanding. But then Ricki brought on a sixteen year-old skinhead in army boots, who coolly told the audience the Holocaust never happened – there weren’t even six million Jews in Europe to begin with. …

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