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
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.

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.


A Palestinian Olympic State

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), headed by Jacques Rogge, an orthopedic surgeon from Belgium, has unilaterally created a Palestinian State,and allowed it to compete under its own flag in this year’s Olympic games.

Not only that, but “Palestinian athletes”, according to a CNN report, which thought it was just wonderful, don’t have to qualify like everyone else to compete in events!

Given that the last time so-called Palestinians — claiming not to have a country–participated in their own name in the Olympics they did so by murdering Olympic athletes, I would say that the entire International Olympic Committee ( IOC) has disgraced itself by failing its mission, i.e. “… to promote top-level sport as well as sport for all in accordance with the Olympic Charter…[to] ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games and strongly encourage, by appropriate means, the promotion of women in sport, that of sports ethics and the protection of athletes.”

How does allowing so-called Palestinians special privileges fit into that charter? Unless suicide bombings and shooting little girls in the back of the head are now Olympic events, one fails to see what special expertise they bring to override their obvious lack of qualifications to join world-class athletes on the playing field.

If this is the case, why not let everyone compete? Like the United Nations?

They could compete in the “Looking the other way during Genocide” event. Or the “Oil for Billions” marathon. Or perhaps a special gold medal for “Keeping People in Refugee Camps for the Longest Period of Time?” And then there is CNN. Let’s make them a nation too, and create a “Compassion for Suicide Bombers” conscience vault. I could see many nations competing in that, giving them a run for their money. Including the IOC members themselves.

Every single one of the 115 board members should be forced to resign in disgrace over this pitiful political decision. It should not be allowed to go unremarked and unchallenged. Barring that, the IOC’s ability to collect funds from networks and multinational corporations should be challenged, and national contributions to it from peace-loving nations like the U.S. should be cut off.

Below, some letters from readers and URL’s.

Dear Naomi,

Why haven’t we heard anything about the Palestine Olympic team? I was absolutely shocked to see it marching in the opening ceremonies. How did this happen? Isn’t the Olympic Competition for nations only? When did the Olympic Committee unilaterally declare into being a nation called Palestine? Where can we protest such a decision?

Tobey Grand
Lansdale, PA – USA

Did you know that “Palestine” is one of the nations competing in the 2004 Olympics? I would like to contact the IOC, to ask for an explanation – like where is the “nation” located on a map? When did it gain its independence? I almost choked when the television commentator spoke of this myth as if it was reality, and praised “President” Arafat for calling out for a truce between Israel and his terrorists. Can you help me with this?

Debbie Berliner
Rancho Cordova, CA USA

Start with this link: Clicking on “flag bearers” will take you to the site where all of the flag bearers are listed (including “Palestine”).

This link will take you to “The Palestine Olympic Committee”:
with an address in “Palestine” and everything. This link shows a map of the five Olympic Councils. Strangely, I couldn’t find “Palestine” on their map! Israel is listed in the EOC.
eryBox&origin=0&lang=en This is the search link that I got when I searched for “Palestine”.

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