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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Ahmadinejad’s Solution: Elimination of Zionist Regime

And so the war against mankind begins in earnest. The madman of Iran (we in Israel call him the “little monkey” because of his appearance), swinging from the trees along with the other “delegates” to the emergency Islamic conference held in Malaysia, has a novel solution to the problem in the Middle East: “elimination of the Zionist regime.” That is, wipe out the State of Israel. But he’ll settle for an immediate ceasefire until that can be accomplished.

To all those who had such hopes for negotiations with Israel’s enemies; all those who believed in a two-state solution; all those that have urged Israel to give up and give in, including many Jews and Israelis, I hope you have your answer now. For all those who believe in the holy grail of “negotiations,” this is the real agenda. How would you like to negotiate with Mr. Ahmedinejad? Let’s say we agree to blow up half the country, in exchange for him waiting until next year to blow up the rest? Sound good, Human Rights Watch? Mr. Anan? Yossi Beilin? CNN?

But if that’s too unreasonable, maybe we should agree to all jump into the sea at the exact same time? Let’s say, we promise to coordinate our watches, and then Iran and the U.N. and the BBC can stand with observers on the beach and watch. In exchange, there will be complete peace in the region. Except of course, for the women, who will continue to get their throats cut for dishonoring their families by calling their big brothers rapists, and those pesky Christians who refuse to convert, but they can always be quietly hung. Or Sunni’s (or Shia’s?) or Kurds, or any other variant on the exact belief of Mr. Monkey.

And Israel? It will be as peaceful and as quiet as …well, as a cemetery. Or Auschwitz without any crying tourists.

As for me, I’m not really such a fan of peace. Peace Now, peace negotiations, peace be with you, Salaam Alkeikum. I don’t ever want to hear that word again as long as I live, which will be as long as the IDF can protect me, and the Israeli government refuses to take the advice of its enemies and its so-called friends. No thanks to a multi-national force of Arabs and their friends helping us to ensure our northern borders. No, thanks for the advice, really. Been there, done that. Very kind of you to take such an interest. But I think the answer is occupation. Israel occupation. The way the Allies occupied Europe until the Nazis were rooted out. But first we need to kill the little monkey, and all his friends and supporters. And then we have to take aim at his nuclear program. And after that, send the white coats to commit Assad’s inbred moron son to a mental institution (and get him some plastic surgery). As for North Korea, that’s really not Israel’s problem at the moment, so we’ll let Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush handle that.

For those of you who don’t like what I’ve written, who think I’m being not nice, too harsh, you are entitled to your opinion. But if you write me, I’m going to kick you off my list, because you just don’t belong here. And if you decide to unsubscribe, please do it quietly because frankly my dear, etc. etc.

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