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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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
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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.

Nic Nie MówMay 2017 – The Polish translation of Devil in Jerusalem is published as Nic Nie Mów.

April 2017 – Naomi speaks about her books at the Ivan M. Stettenham Library at the Streicker Centre in New York City.

March 2017 – Naomi tours the Paris region to speak 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 2016Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss, is published.

October 2016The 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.


You Can Never Be “Nice” Enough to the Muslims

For years, Israel has been demonized, held responsible for every terrorist atrocity from blowing up Holocaust survivors at a Passover Seder to the mutilation and murder of her Olympic athletes. It was all Israel’s fault, because she had mistreated the poor Palestinians.

The French welcomed thousands of Muslims to France. They made them citizens, gave them access to everything the Western world has to offer. The French sided openly with the Palestinians, and had a hands-off policy towards Muslims, making their neighborhoods no-go zones for the police.

Their reward? Mass killings in supermarkets, magazine offices, restaurants, a sports arena, and a concert hall by Muslims. But why? After all, the French were so “nice?”

After the most recent French atrocity, ISIS, claiming responsibility, posted the following on its website: “Hundreds of apostates were attending an adulterous party.”

That’s right. That’s what France is to them. Immoral. According to their standards. And so, they deserve to die. So now, what is France planning to do? To pass a law recognizing a Palestinian State.

Huh! What?! To recognize the supporters and accomplices of the people who blew them up? Because that’s what the Palestinians are: radical Muslim terrorists. Our Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu is flabbergasted, furious. But I’m not. The French want to be “nice,” to spare themselves further terror attacks.

They won’t succeed. Just the opposite. This is a fact. Israel tried that. We gave them the entire Gaza Strip. We uprooted thousands of Jews. Handed over their multi-million dollar hot-house businesses. Gave them our synagogues. We even dug Jewish corpses out of the graves of Gaza cemeteries, many of them put there by Muslim terrorists, and took them out of Gaza before handing it over. We also thought we could be “nice,” make them happy, make them not hate us so much.

And what happened? They thought we were idiots. Worse, they thought we were weak. If terror got us to do that, a lot of terror would get us to give them even more. From the site of Jewish settlements and destroyed synagogues, they set up their rocket launchers sending tens of thousands of rockets into Israel, making life unbearable for every Jew within shooting range. They dug hundreds of terror tunnels under the borders, planning a mass, murderous invasion, until the IDF had to finally go in there. And it’s still not over and won’t be until we kick every, single one of them out of Gaza, and re-take it.

That’s the truth for anyone willing to hear it.

Last week, Syed Rizwan Farook and his new Pakistani bride, parents of a six month-old baby, who were living the American dream, killed fourteen people, his co-workers, and injured dozens of others. And he was only just getting started on his “jihad.” Police found thousands of rounds of ammunition, pipe bombs, you name it.

Oh, he had big plans, little Syed and his blushing Pakistani jihadi bride. He did this, even though Americans had saved his immigrant parents from that disgusting shit-hole called Pakistan, and provided him with the means to obtain higher education and a high paying job. Even though his workmates had never had any arguments with him, and had indeed, even thrown him and his new wife a baby shower!

“They were radicalized,” the President of the United States, that ISIS-lover (that’s what the Egyptians are calling him now) has said. Not the same thing as saying they were terrorists. It means, they were good, peace-loving people but YOU made them terrorists, because … you weren’t nice enough to them.

Listen to Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece CAIR: “When we support coup leaders in Egypt or other places, when we support dictatorship, oppressive regimes around the world that push people over on the edge, then they become extremists, then they become terrorists.”

Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General has addressed Muslim murderers killing Americans by saying she will prosecute anyone engaging in “hate speech” towards Muslims, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper tried to get the wife of a victim – a co-worker who was a Christian who loved Israel – to admit that her husband probably wasn’t “nice” enough to Syed and therefore he had it coming.

Yes, my friends, whatever you do, you can never be “nice” enough to today’s Muslims.

Listen to what I’m going to tell you now. And trust me, as an American-born Israeli who has lived with Muslim terror for fifty years, it’s the truth: They hate you not because of how you treat them, but because you exist and you don’t believe in their religion, or their wondrous prophet. Because you treat women and homosexuals as human beings. Because you won’t admit that they should take over your country and your lives, and submit to their rules.

So when you die, they will tell you it’s all your fault. Because you made them mad. You made them really, really mad, so whatever horrors they are at this very moment busily planning to inflict on you (because that’s the only thing they are good at; the only thing they believe in), you deserve them. It is inevitable and you should have seen it coming.

And so if you welcome them into your country, and give them good jobs and educations, and you throw them baby showers, and allow their foreign born fiancées K-1 visas to enter the country, they will add to their anger their contempt because you are weak and foolish and don’t understand that they are at war with you and want you dead.

And your politicians, who are still getting advice from CAIR, will outlaw guns to make it easier for them, because they don’t need licenses for guns, believe me. But you will.

And the states who had the guts to stand up to Obama’s flooding the U.S. with “refugees” will all back down, the way Texas has. After all, why would you want to fight against a nice Syrian family – two lovely parents, two lovely grandparents, two little kids? And why wouldn’t you give a visa for the lovely fiancée of the environmental health specialist from San Bernardino with their lovely, dimpled six month-old baby? Why?

So you will. And in return you are going to get San Bernardinos all over the U.S.A. Then you will need to live like we live in Israel, except maybe not as safely because the people in charge of your safety have to do what your President, who is such good friends with CAIR, tells them to do, while we are protected by fellow Jews, who have wised up over the years from our own Leftist crazies who got hundreds of us blown up in buses and coffee houses while they were “giving peace a chance,” and giving the Palestinians “good-will gestures” like not frisking them at check-points for weapons, or arming their “police.”

Now, we let our moron Leftists talk. But we don’t elect them or give them power, like you did, do, and are planning to do (Hillary is the last nail in your coffin.) Even Mr. Trump, who has said so much that is true, is mistaken when it comes to the Palestinians. He’s going to get Israel to “give concessions” to “make peace in six months.”

I feel sorry for you America, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain. So many more of you are going to die trying to be “nice” to the Muslims. Trying to make life good for them, until you realize they hate you and want you dead no matter what you do for them. You and your wife and your kids. Dead or sold into slavery, or raped or educated to be killers. Dead or willing to be part of their new world order, the great Caliphate.

And without a radical change in thinking by the West, they are going to succeed. There is a slim window of opportunity to defeat them. But it would take extreme guts, and extreme measures, which, frankly, I don’t know if you’re capable of.

But here it goes: Take back your country by taking away the power from your ISIS-loving presidents and prime ministers and the people and media who put them in power.


Close down the mosques and Muslim Cultural Centers (Islamic Center of North America, CAIR etc. All THE ISLAMIC CENTERS AND MOSQUES ARE CONNECTED WITH TERRORISM, especially in America, according to John Guandolo, AN FBI EXPERT.

It’s not about gun control. Yes, America has a gun problem, and is filled with crazies. But terrorists are not crazy. They are warriors. They will obtain guns to make war, legal or not, and they will use them to kill people and further their agenda. Tightening gun control just at this moment when jihad has come to America isn’t a good idea, because it might mean the victims won’t be able to protect themselves.

Besides, guns in themselves are not the problem. Israel has guns all over the place! People use them to kill terrorists, and to keep guns out of their hands. There has never been a mass shooting of women and children in Israel that wasn’t connected to a radical Muslim terrorist. Never!

Deport illegal aliens. Get a means of self-protection.



28 comments to You Can Never Be “Nice” Enough to the Muslims

  • […] (not to mention his truth-telling) makes him a troublemaker who deserves to be expelled. Ragen’s virulent Islamophobia makes her – well, just one of the […]

  • Emily DeRosa

    The evidence of their treachery is blatant for Jews but why is it so difficult for everyone else to see. They say death to America and mean all Americans. Why do the liberals think they’re excluded? Or the Democrats? We are all included in their plan to annihilate America.

  • Alvin Samuels

    Dear Naomi, the war against the Jews will not be won until Christians return to their Jewish roots. We did not kill Jesus! Hatred did! Corrupt power did! And so it has been since God handed down that all inclusive message to the Jews at Sinai. “The righteous beholding this will rejoice, the upright will be glad, the pious will celebrate with song, evil will be silenced and all wickedness will disappear when you remove the tyranny of arrogance from the earth”.

    Then we will turn swords into ploughshares,and spears into pruning hooks,peace will prevail. The path is clearly described in the Bar Ilan Papers which must be interpreted without dogma, thereby enabling all to achieve their potential without fear or threat from the other.

    In the meantime it will be necessary to kill the Amalek’s of the world.

  • stephe. leapman

    wow. well said, naomi. if only the idiots, especially our leftist leaders(sic) would think clearly they’d see the writing in the wall. This shit would never happen in Russia without significant repercussions

  • RFeldman

    So let me understand what you are saying……..ALL Muslims are terrorists, and ALL monJewish Palestinians are terrorists and want us dead? AND we should kick them out of Gaza and take over that area for only Jewish people?

  • Shirs

    Brilliant article. I just wished people who need to see this would see it. You need to get up there with Andersen Cooper get it published in places where we can reach the “politically correct” and “nice” ones. Get it to Trump Cruz even the Hilliliar Clinton

  • stan Bee

    Obama, the only person I ever heard of who couldn’t or wouldn’t produce an original birth certificate or college background security check. Even more, have you ever noticed the “first finger” proclamation when he visits muslem ( “m” without the capitol) countries or meets them elsewhere to be photographed? At the end of each session please notice how he points skyward using that finger which simply means he has their back covered. Have you never be made aware of this……………….check it out. Watch the first finger point upward. Amazing but true………………….

    • M. Marjorie

      Stan, there is no doubt anymore as to what Obama is! The lies, his actions and also his in-actions all add up to his being a radical foreign born Muslim who hates America, is anti-semitic and is the most deadliest terrorist in the world as he is the founder and is supporting his JV-Team ISIL. This rogue alien who landed up as president of the United States was backed and funded by the most indecent and dangerous powers in the world to possibly cause a world war. Never have I seen such stupidity with the American people and the Democrats of late, are way past being stupid, they are the downfall of America because of their ignorance. They actually believe that they are standing up for the rights of Muslims when ISLAM has not made any bones about world domination and doing all the terrible things they said they were going to do and ARE doing them currently to millions around the world! Obama is a radical Islamist terrorist from a Third World country and he would like nothing more than to see Imperialist America being overrun by Islamic domination of the cruelest form. Democrats are the most dangerous people because of their stubborness to see the truth. Guess their families will have to die by radical Muslims before they change their minds-sad to say but true!

  • Naomi, enlighten me on one rather trifling matter. Let’s say we resolve to deal with the Muslims as with Amalek, as you seem to be suggesting. Basically, we terrify them into weeping submission and keep ’em that way. Can you guarantee us (and if you can, how exactly) that we won’t one day look into our mirrors and see….Amalek? Can you? Tell me, how do we avoid that?!

    • Just substitute “Nazis” for Muslims in your outraged comment, and you will see how silly you are. You sound like those Jews in Berlin in the 1930’s who were so worried about their own morality they wound up in the gas chambers. Besides, G-d is telling you it’s a mitzvah to kill Amalek. He’s not worried about your moral purity. Are you more moral than G-d?

      • So then you say, the way not to one day see Amalek in the mirror is to keep one’s relationship with, or one’s ties to, G-d in good repair? That that connection can never be broken–at least not if we pay attention to it? I can buy that; Paul said much the same thing in his letter to the Romans. G-d knows I’m not more moral than He–that’s why I worry over such things. On the other hand, he did promise Abram to spare Sodom for the sake of 50, then down to 10, innocents. Are Ishmael’s infants also guilty enough to be, as a psalm says, dashed against the rocks?

  • Joan Wilder

    I’m disappointed in you. When you quote John Guandolo you lose credibility.

    “Since his dismissal from the FBI for a number of ethical breaches and bizarre conduct, Guandolo has devoted himself to a rabid brand of anti-Muslim activism, working closely with some of the most powerful and influential anti-Muslim groups in the U.S., on what has amounted to a flurry of accusations against government officials Guandolo says have ties to terrorist organizations.”

    • Naomi

      The website you got this information on doesn’t list a single Muslim hate group. I guess they are afraid of being Islamophobic. They hate John Guandolo, as does the Obama administration, because he’s telling the truth.

  • Jonathan

    You are spot on.However. not all Muslims are radical.There are many around the world who are peace loving and despise radical Muslims as much as you do.
    For the most part, I could not agree with you more! Thank you for writing this and sharing. Hopefully our society will wake up.
    Am Yisrael Chai!
    Jonathan R. Glanz

  • victoria

    Bibi Netanyahu also has yet to learn not to mollify the Arab terrorists/PLO. The day after the start of the car ramming/knife-wielding terrorism wave in Shomron he held a press conference, not to assure the Israelis that he is on offense against PLO incitement to terror, but to prove to the US w/ graphs that the Jews were the one’s who were not “inciting terrorism” based on the Arab lie that the Jews were allowing more Jewish prayer on the temple Mount. What Orwellian inversion. Screw whether the Arabs are upset w/ Jewish prayer on the mount to the point of staring a knife intifada…Bibi response to the terror should’ve been to restrict Arab prayer on the Mount & INCREASE Jewish prayer, instead.

    Never mind, as you say, you can never be too nice to the Muslims…you can also never be too nice & appeasing to Obama & company….they will always demand more concessions from Israel…so just open the Temple Mount & assert your sovereignty…the world will get use to Jewish self-defense, just like the Jews are expected to get use to the latest wave of knife terrorism.

  • Naomi Romm

    An excellent analysis and I admit that the US is becoming a frightening place to live. I would ask your opinion of this small group of Muslims who are trying to make changes. What is your take on this?

  • Excellent, excellent article. I agree with you 100%.

  • Claire Berke

    I agree with you one hundred per cent Naomi, you gotit. They are so brainwashed from birth that they cannot accept us. We are bad, we go to theatres, concerts, dances, this makes us terrible. Our women are not modest, they show their anklesl. I can never understand what is so sexy in an ankle? They want us moslem, servants to the men, dressed like scarecrows and mothers of half a dozen kids. Of course he has the right to have four wives and the poor women have to live together with their kids and one woman towering over them. If this is not slavery I don’t know what is.

    i recently saw a video of a little boy, perhaps fourteen months who was encouraged to cut off his teddy bear’s head. Encouraged by hismother and many others clapping and cheering, telling him that he has to cut the back as well while the mother throws on the floor pinkish water!!

  • Dan Kern

    Identified with most of the piece, like almost everything you write. But am surprised and taken aback by this statement at the very end: “there has never been a mass shooting… in Israel that wasn’t connected to a radical Muslim terrorist”.
    Really? Popper, Goldstein, Zada, and even that horrific murder in a BeerSheva bank in May 2013 – need I say more? I really don’t understand what you meant.

  • John Norvill

    Thank you Naomi. Clear and accurate. The peacemakers are those who speak the truth and deal to evil. To be in bed with the enemy as the West is can only bring further heartache. It is the voters who put the powers that be there.

  • Mayven

    A leopard never changes its spots…

  • Mickey Davis

    I have heard so many arguments about this ugly situation and I cannot get my own friends to understand what you are saying. “We are a civilized country, we have laws, we have a constitution, we do not discriminate (never mind what happened to the Jews when they tried to leave Germany), we accept immigrants and refugees because we are a noble culture, etc., etc.” And “Islam is really a peaceful religion, the terrorism is a perversion of that religion.” But no one will admit that we are under siege and we must save ourselves from the hatred of these terrorists by refusing to accept their evil tactics. Thank you, Naomi Ragen,for this outstanding treatise on our enemy, Islam.

  • I totally agree with avi leiman!


    Excellent article! Words the world should read and understand, as it seems the western world has not understood how arabs and moslems think. Thank you for you eloquence, Naomi.

  • avi leiman

    Eloquently stated position. I hope the next President of the USA will deal with terrorists by killing them as needed. There is no alternative.

  • gerald platt

    It’s not only France. Sweden was quick to blame israel’s occupation of Palestine as the root cause of the Paris attacks. When, in fact, there was no mention of any Israel or Palestinian issue by the terrorists at any time.