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 just-published 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.


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.

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Acts of War, Treason and Plain Stupidity

It is a terrible thing to live in a country in which the lives of citizens are so cheap that there is no such thing as an act of war. Go ahead, shoot into our living rooms, blow up shoppers in the marketplace, shoot on cars passing on the highway. Desecrate our synagogues. Plow under our holy places. Call Judaism a fake, deny all Jewish claims to ever having had a Temple on the Temple Mount. Demand all of Jerusalem as your capital. Teach your children to hate Jews, and to give their lives to kill them. We will still come to the town square and hold up signs begging you to love us. To forgive us. To please, please give us the peace and quiet we already gave you 92% of the West Bank for.

And if you tell us to go to hell, then we will send our authentic Nobel peace prize winner crawling on his knees to you, to advise you how to fool the people in Israel into meekly handing over what it is you want this week, even if it is all of Jerusalem tied up with a big bow. “Give them one week of peace,” Peres reportedly told Arafat, assuming that that would probably be enough to make the idiots forget that for the past month you’ve been trying to gather the entire world together for a Final Solution to the Jewish problem in the Middle East.

Wrong, Mr. Peres. Some Israelis don’t even need a week. Watching the misguided, pathetic fools in Rabin Square cling to a delusional and disproved political concept was like watching all those fools in the movie Independence Day hold up signs welcoming the aliens who were hovering over them getting ready to blast them to smithereens.

And just as there is no such thing as an act of war in Israel , there is no such thing as an act of treason. Want to drive a Volvo as a Arab Knesset Member and call on Israeli Arabs to join in murdering our soldiers in the Intifada? No problem. Want to advise people to break the hands of our policemen when they try to restore order? Go right ahead. Want to found one more whining mother’s organization to undermine our soldiers and give aid and succor to the enemy – be my guest.

Mothers in Favor of Dismantling the State? Mothers Encouraging Mass Desertion from the Army? Mothers for National Suicide? It’s your right. And every single news program will give you hours of public air time to share your gross stupidity with the nation.

After all, we are a free and democratic state, are we not?

But what about my freedom as an Israeli citizen? I know that if I lived in Boston and someone shot into my window, or threw rocks at me in my car, and elected officials encouraged it, and public organizations then suggested the solution was for me to move out of Boston, they would be arrested and prosecuted. They’d all be in jail.

Because you cannot do such a thing to an American citizen,  or a British citizen, or a French citizen.

My fellow Israelis, what is the matter with you? Oslo was called a “process” for a reason. It was an acknowledged series of risks that was supposed to answer the questions: Can we trade land for peace? Is there someone to talk to on the other side? Are they trustworthy and reliable? Like it or not, we got our answers. All those who talk about “continuing the process where we left off” totally misunderstand the situation.

The “process” is over, and we are left where we began, with only one option: to gird our loins, and start acting like citizens of a free and independent state, answering acts of war with war; arresting traitors; and facing reality with intelligence and courage instead of stupidity and cowardice. Because if we can’t do that, then the Jewish State has already ceased to exist.

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