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.


Free Hate Speech on the Internet

I came upon a website called “Traditio” hosted by –, founded by Evan Williams the billionaire. This site is so vile that it literally turned by stomach.

Here’s a very mild quote from this sewer of a site: “the international Jewish community which plagued Germany before Hitler and is today corrupting everything that is of positive nature.”

I complained about this hate speech to – and this is the answer I got:

Gerald (Medium Support)

Jul 3, 6:19 PM PDT

Sorry for the delay.

We have reviewed the account, and currently we find it is not in violation of our rules:


We understand that this subject is of a very sensitive nature, and are sympathetic to that.

In these situations, we encourage people to use our response feature to voice their own opinions.

If you would like to discuss this further or have other arguments against our findings, please let me know.



User Happiness

According to their own rules:

“We think free expression deserves a lot of leeway. So, we generally think the best response to hateful speech is more speech, not censorship. Still, we reserve the right to take down hateful slurs, which tend to silence others while adding little if anything to the conversation.”

Well gee folks. Last time people were free to have these kinds of conversations, it wound up with gas chambers and crematorium and six million dead Jews.


If you are with me, please write to and complain about them not taking down Tradito and other virulent hater mongering sites. I’ve written to ADL. I’ll see if they can help. If you have some ideas, share them with me. If there is anything we’ve learned from subhumans like Hitler, it’s that words of hate become acts of hate and silence is interpreted as weakness.m

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9 comments to Free Hate Speech on the Internet

  • Lonnie

    Ms. Ragen, do you still plan to vote for Trump?

  • Noah T.

    The internet is full of this garbage.They have websites like stormfront vanguard news daily stormer and many more run by neo-nazis here in the USA. Basically they want to do ethnic cleansing here in America and to establish a fourth reich nazi regime that will expel all Jews African-Americans Latinos etc… or kill them,and this will fix all their problems.These websites are constantly spread racist conspiracies and inciting violence and yet the US government doesn’t take any legal action against them.Also on twitter is the same problem it’s full of neo-nazis who could say whatever they like and get away with it.
    So I’m not suprised at all.

  • Lonnie

    A Republican National Convection speaker falsely claimed that a famous Jew admired Satan, then falsely claimed the opposition Presidential candidate was mentored by this Jew.

    Ms. Ragen, do you have any advice on what we should do about this?

  • Mrs. Bunny L. Shuch

    Hi Naomi,

    Please send me the link to the actual blog that you’re referring to. Before I send an alert to my list, I like to read the source material myself. (I was unable to find the post you were referring to when I tried on my own.)


    Bunny Shuch

  • Irene Schienberg

    Evan Williams is a pathetic commentary on our Society and a blight on the Universe, and I doubt that Gerald is any better.

  • Rostislav Gorchakov

    I believe it’s the same case, as with a democracy in general: within a community of sane peoples it may mean a lot of great things, from sane leaders to sane economy, but within a community of, say, cannibals it would be just the enemies’ best meat for the best warriors’ plates, and nothing else. So, it’s only natural that any evil community would prefer freedom of evil speech only, proudly explaining everybody: “It’s a democracy, silly!”

  • Claire Berke

    Free speech does not mean hatred to incite dumb people to follow. Usually it consists of lies about us which people do not know, have no way of understanding that is isa lieand act badly.

    This is not free speech it’s incitement of hatred against a people. It’s very very wrong.

    • Rabbi Fleishig

      Claire, you are calling people dumb and describing their ideas as hate speech, but what you are really saying is that you are superior to them and hate to be forced to listen to ideas you don’t agree with.