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 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.



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 - 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.


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





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.


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 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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Blood Tourism

What would people say if someone came up with the following idea: Let’s rebuild the World Trade Center Restaurant and then people from all over the world can eat their lunch and dinner there as a sign of their “solidarity with the victims.”

Now, let’s take it a step further. Give the ownership of this restaurant to the FBI agents who deliberately ignored all the warning signs that an attack was in the works, thus making it possible for it to happen. In that way, the agents can make some money out of the blood of the victims that their negligence helped to kill.

Sound horrible? I agree. But that is exactly what is happening here in Israel as the Israel Bonds and other fundraising groups bring groups of potential donors to the Park Hotel in Netanya, scene of the Passover Massacre, for luncheons and dinner sessions.

The owners of the Park Hotel ignored police directives to all hotels in Netanya to have at least two security guards for Seder night and hired only one inexperienced guard at the last minute, and then told him to “make rounds” every 45 minutes, in effect directing him to leave the entrance to the hotel completely unguarded. Interviews with the terrorist who was scheduled to blow himself up on the second floor of the hotel (where I sat with my husband and children) but changed his mind because he didn’t feel well (!) revealed that the Park Hotel had not been singled out. The terrorists were going to find the least protected place and go there. That was the Park Hotel.

A week before Passover, I had called the Park Hotel and asked them what security they were planning to have. The receptionist said she’d ask, and I heard someone laugh and say: tell her four guards. Are four enough for her?” And then the receptionist returned to the phone and said: “Three guards.”

When I got there, there was only one guard, and he didn’t check anyone, and he wasn’t standing by the door. At seven-fifteen I saw him get up and walk away from the entrance and go into the dining area. Alarmed, I hurriedly took my family upstairs.

At seven-twenty, a bomb blew the Park Hotel apart.

Numerous times since Passover, I have been contacted by the Bonds people and asked to return to the Park Hotel and give a lecture to Bonds solidarity groups, or leadership groups from the States and Canada about my “experience” over a meal.

I cannot imagine anything in worse taste, or more hurtful to me and the other victims than this misguided attempt to fundraise on the blood of innocents, and the fact that the Park owners are now making a buck serving their bad food to well-meaning but misguided people, who are letting them make a profit on their criminal negligence which cost dozens of people their lives, and hundreds their mental and physical well-being.

I admit, I have a particular axe to grind with the Park Hotel owners and their manager Eric Cohen. They refused to return the deposits of people like my 90 year old father-in-law without him signing a waiver, and they talked him into doing it behind my back. They also accused me and my family of “continuing to party” the night after the massacre, because we went back to our hotel — The Four Seasons, which had excellent security — and with great heartbreak, made a seder. I think they are particularly low human beings, and deserve no sympathy or support for a disaster to which they themselves contributed.

Am I being harsh? Perhaps. But the last time I was in Netanya, I went to a restaurant around the corner from the Park Hotel. It had a security guard, a turnstile, its door were bolted, and a second security check was done to all patrons before allowing them to enter.

As I went back to my car, I looked across the street to the Park Hotel.

It’s been completely refurnished. All the blood has been washed away, and the insurance money has bought new glass. Everything, it seems, has gone back to normal. Including the security. I saw no guard at the door to the Park Hotel, and people going in and out with no one checking.

I ask you all to contact Israel Bonds and let them — and other organizations that are planning similar “solidarity” tours — to avoid blood tourism. The Park Hotel doesn’t deserve support. Its victims do.

I fully support Israel Bonds. It’s a most worthy way to invest in Israel’s future. But their methods need an overhaul.

If you’d like to mention this to your local Israel bonds office, you can find their e-mail address and phone number according to your region at: http://www.israelbonds.com/local.html.

To send e-mail to Israel bonds: mailto:webmaster@Israelbonds.com.

Please, friends. Every time people come from the States and eat a meal the Park Hotel they are desecrating the memory of the victims, and hurting their families. Believe me. I am in touch with many of the people who lost their loved ones there, and I speak in their name as well as my own.

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