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.

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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.

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.


Jerusalem Bus Bombing Victims

Here is a list of those still hospitalized from the recent bus bombing in Jerusalem along with their Hebrew names compiled by  Please add them to your prayers.

Ad Shapira – Ad is 18 years old and just about to complete high school.  She suffered light orthopedic injuries and is in good condition in hospital.

Daniel Yehuda ben Rachel Nurit – Daniel is 13 years old, and suffered lacerations and shrapnel injuries to his lower extremities, and is likely to be released from the hospital before Shabbat.

David Amoyal – David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop. He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the phone with them when the bomb exploded.  He suffered injuries to his legs and feet and lower body.  He is in moderate condition.

Elchanan Ovadia ben Alona – Elchanan is 14 years old, and suffered serious injuries to his feet.  One ankle and three of his toes were crushed.  He has had one operation and will require more surgery.  He will likely be in the hospital at least 2-3 weeks.

Leah Bracha bat Shoshana Batya – is a 19-year-old seminary student.  She suffered burns to her legs and arms as well as serious shock.

Natan Daniel ben Shulamit – a 17-year-old student who is in serious condition.  He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of internal organs removed.

Netanel ben Shlomit – Netanel is 18 years old and works as a security guard at the bus station.  He was injured in the abdomen had surgery.  He is now recuperating in the hospital.

Odelia Nechama bat Michal – suffered serious head injuries and is in intensive care.  Her life is still in danger.

Sasson ben Shulamit – This is the second time Sasson has been injured in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.  He suffered lower body injuries and serious post-traumatic symptoms.  His wife is pregnant with their fifth child and suffering from panic and fear.  Her name is Nechama bat Shoshana Shama.

Shilo ben Ofra – Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to his legs and lower abdomen.  He is sedated in intensive care.

Shaindel bat Raizel – Another seminary (post high school) girl learning in Israel this year was operated on last night from the Jerusalem bombing yesterday.  This new name came from the Har Nof list.


39 comments to Jerusalem Bus Bombing Victims

  • A short note to Mr. Haufrecht- In 1967 when the Arabs had the West Bank they attacked Israel, what makes you think they will love us if they have the West Bank now? Back in 1967 there were no “Palestinians”. They were just other Arabs back then- Jordanians and Egyptians. Israel’s big mistake was that she didn’t banish the enemy after the 6 day war. This mistake has comes back to haunt us now- they are a thorn in our side and a needle in our eye and much worse, but its never to late for Israel to do what should have been done then. I wish a speedy recovery to all the wounded and curses to the enemies of Israel who lie in wait to harm innocent Israelis- may their violence come down on their own heads.

  • Aviva Sara

    To Sweetie and anyone else who is afraid (myself included)… GO TO ERETZ YISRAEL ANYWAY! I have been there numerous times since 1974. I was never afraid until the spate of bus bombings began some years ago. Because of my fear, I missed out on 5 family weddings, all nieces and nephews. Naturally, after the fact, when nothing, B”H, happened, I was sorry I hadn’t gone. My previous 3 trips were emergency trips, when my mother was ill; then 5 weeks later for her funeral, then 2 years ago for a cousin’s funeral. This past October, I did go for a nephew’s bar mitzvah, because I promised myself simchas are just as important as funerals, and I didn’t want to regret not having gone. I went for a month and had a wonderful time; even rode the buses (although I admit I was nervous initially). Driving with my brother, we went to the Herodian and drove past a large, bright red sign that designated where the palestinian-governed territory began and that Israelis were not allowed beyond that point. I had my brother stop the car, rolled down my window, and took a picture of it. If I can do that, YOU can go to Israel. It’s a beautiful country, rich in history and culture and technology and all things good.

    And remembering those who were wounded, and Mary Jane Gardner, z”l, I wish a refuah shleima to each, and condolences to Ms Gardner’s family.

  • Netanya

    It’s actually OdAlia Nechama bat Michal – someone who knows her told me this.
    Please keep us posted on their condition.

  • Dina Chaviv

    Nomi,thanks so much for the names of the injured so that we can pray for them.It is so important and greatly appreciated that you took the time and effort to do that. I have been reading the comments which are fascinating.I’m from Chicago and have lived in Israel for 36 years.I was across the street in Center 1 at the time of the attack.I still wholeheartedly agree with all comments stating that “there is no place like home” and our only safe home is Israel.

  • norma rosenfedl

    Thank you for sharing this vital information with us, and for your dedication and love of Israel.

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  • Chanala

    Mr. Haufrecht, sorry if this offends you (not really) but you’re an ignorant fool if you honestly think the “palestinians” or any Arab will ever live in peace with Jews. The difference between these teenagers and those of the IDF attacks is that this was a terrorist attack whereas the other was self-defense. Please, if you’re that ignorant or naive, maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself and not embarrass yourself.

  • Naomi, thank you for these details. We all need to connect to the victims and survivors on a personal level. The attacks are not against someone else, they are against us, all of us; and on a theological level, against HaShem’s sovereignty in the world. It is also up to all of us to fight back against our genocidal enemy, avenge the blood of the holy victims, and restore honor to HaShem’s desecrated name. While the Israeli non-governments, and their foreign masters, have so far been successful in neutralizing and subduing the vengeance that is rightfully (and halachically) ours, they cannot keep us from remembering.

  • Please do not be afraid of going to Israel. I spent 20 years there and now am living in the United States where it is far more dangerous. In Israel I could walk anywhere safely by day or at night. Here I do not venture out after dark. In the U.S. there are daily criminal activities — murders, rapes, kidnappings, muggings, car jackings – many prompted by drug deals and drug use.I miss the safety and security of Israel.

  • Folks, Israel is statistically safer than the US when considering terrorist attacks and car accidents. See this article for the specific data: They keep up the terrorism specifically because they want to terrorize us! If we don’t go to Israel because of fear of terrorism, they’ve won! If they can see that terrorism doesn’t make us afraid, they’ll have no reason to do it anymore! P.S. I don’t have a drivers license and don’t ride in cars often….

  • I have served many years as a Baptist Pastor. I have made 10 trips to Israel and never felt one moment of nervousness. Don’t let the enemy win! God to Israel and enjoy. May God bless and keep those who were injured.

  • aaron solomon

    I noticed that you decided not to post my comment from yesterday. Guess you don’t agree with me.

  • Shira

    Both of my sons are at Hebrew University now. We were speaking to them when someone came into their room to tell them of the bombing. They were upset to hear about it, but said they feel very safe and know that Israeli security will probably become increased and so they feel even safer!

    My husband will be joining them May 8 and I will arrive at the end of May after I finish work in the schools.

    I have to say that I am honestly scared. But does this mean I would pull my sons away from Israel? no. Does it mean that I will cancel my summer being in Israel? No.

    Israel is the only Jewish country in the world. It is my 2nd home. Whether we consider it safe or not, we must support it….We know that the entire Jewish population’s existence is a reflection of how the world views Israel. We are all one.

  • Let the love of God surround his loved ones with a special Peace & great comfort for their lives are so precious to him.Into this time will come the knowledge & the utmost certainty that his love covers all who ask for his help.Believe & call to him in all your needs dearly beloved ones.With the Righteousness Peace & Joy of Jesus.

  • andy

    Robert, your out of your mind. Jews are safer in Iran? Israel is the LEAST safe place for Jews? You’re either a moron or a flamer. Why don’t you move to Iran, or any other muslim country, I will gladly visit Israel as often as I can, The best place, the best people on earth.

  • Herb

    Mr Haufrecht,
    If this were 1938, you would have said, Jews are sdafer in Germany than in Palestine, and that Berlin is my Jerusalem. What makes you know that Palestinians will be content with a state based upon the 1967 borders when they routinely state their desire of a state from the river to the sea. Do us a favor. Dont come to Israel, go to Iran instead.

  • Cicero Albuquerque

    Unfortunately, and once again, we see the worst in human nature shown with anger and total nonsense, based on the yetzer ra or יצר רע‎ in human inclination to do evil, by violating the will of G’d.

    However, we must have faith and continue praying for world peace and especially for those that were cowardly attacked in the holy land.

  • Robert Haufrecht

    A continuation: I’m not saying that everyone would be happy with such a defined Palestinian state, and no doubt there would be attempts to de-stabilize it, at least in the beginning, but eventually the two countries will get along, whether out of willingness or necessity or both.

  • Robert Haufrecht

    First of all I disagree with you that Israel is the best place to be for Jews – in terms of safety. The person who wrote that they were scared feels that for good reason. Right now, and it has been for quite a while, Israel is the LEAST safe place for Jews. Even in Iran, Jews are actually safer. Yes, they don’t get killed there. I’m not saying Iran is a desired destination. All one has to do is the math. I’d be surprised if right now there is a country where Jews incur more violent (or terrorist) death. Also, do the children who recently died from IDF attacks in Gaza deserve the same prayers? Are they equal to Jewish children? I also suspect that if there (as everyone knows what it looks like) was to be a a free and equal Palestinian state based on the ’67 borders with the removal of settlements, including a free Gaza, there would be an eventual total cessation of “terrorism” in Israel, and then it would be “safe.”

    • Chanala

      Mr. Haufrecht, sorry if this offends you (not really) but you’re an ignorant fool if you honestly think the “palestinians” or any Arab will ever live in peace with Jews. The difference between these teenagers and those of the IDF attacks is that this was a terrorist attack whereas the other was self-defense. Please, if you’re that ignorant or naive, maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself and not embarrass yourself.

    • Lila

      Robert, stay where you are. We don’t need anyone like you here in Israel. The Arabs have been given the ability to govern their own lives throughout PLO-occupied Israel, we threw out 10,000 good wonderful Jews from Gaza and the result is – all the Arabs want is to destroy us. To all Jews – come home now – Israel is the safest place for the Jewish people, because G-d watches over the Land of Israel always.

  • Tobey Grand

    I’m going to Israel April 28; already have my ticket. Nothing will stop me. It’s more dangerous taking the train into the city than being in Israel.

  • Thank you so much for the “detailed ” list.
    I find it easier to pray for someone when I know something spesific about them or what “healing” they need.


  • Hannah Sealey

    Thank you for then names. I will pray for these people. I do feel sad though that there has been no mention of Mary Jane Gardner from Scotland, the only fatality.

  • Pamela Levene

    As a tour guide I go all over Israel. I am no braver than anyone else. I can honestly say I feel safer here than any other place in the world. One of the reasons is that bad things happen everywhere – but here we have people who look out for each other. Do you realise how amazing the kiosk owner was? David Amoyal saw a suspicious package AND RAN TOWARD IT shouting to warn people to get out of the way. He also called the police and on the recording we actually hear him give the warning .. and then we hear the explosion. If it hadn’t have been for him many more people would have been hurt. A true hero – and I am proud to say that in Israel there are many like him!
    Refuah shlema to David and to all the other victims of terror.

  • shira z

    I just read somewhere that Odelia Nechama bat Michal was nifter, can anyone confirm or deny this? She is only 14… BTW has anyone noticed how dominated this list is by teenagers? That’s because this latest “Palestinian strike” was timed (3 PM) to take place when the kids are on their way home from school.

  • Steve Kerzer

    Naomi, Although the names of our brothers and sisters to pray for is immeasurable, would not at least one sentence mentioning the murder of the british woman who was the one fatality been appropriate?

  • Desmond

    Thanks for the names Naomi. I will send them out to my “prayer list” of mostly Christians who pray for Israel, some of whom I met while on tour in your lovely country. Stand firm in HaShem against the thugs who want to scare you into submission. I did this when I was “mugged” near the Jaffa Gate and they immediately handed back my wallet with everything in it. You are dealing with cowards who value death more than life. That’s the opposite of Jews who value life so much that they are always first on the scene to help at major tragedies like the tsunami in islamic Indonesia and Haiti, and other places we do not hear about from mainline media.

  • Hannah

    Sweetie, and others fearful of coming to Israel, please consider the reasons for your fear. Israel is the best place to be for Jews, and what we need to make it safer are more G-d-loving Jews here. Regardless, this was the first bombing in Jerusalem since 2004. I moved to Israel from Tucson, living very close to the shopping center at which the recent shooting took place. Though it was Saturday and I wouldn’t have been there, it was still closer to a terrorist event that could have affected me than what I’ve experienced in Israel. I walked by that shooter’s house often. And there were other random shootings in that area during my 2 years there, plus a mall shooter. No place is really safe in today’s world. To be in Israel is a joy every morning that can’t be equaled elsewhere. If you’re Jewish, please come home and experience this.

  • Sweetie – listen to Steven. What he says is true….

  • Sweetie

    That’s why I am afraid to go to Israel. I never been there even tho I want to go but… scared.

    • Steven

      Don’t not go. You have more chance of being hurt in auto accident whilst at home. Staying away from Israel just encourages the barbarians as they can see they are having an effect. Yes, these incidents are atrocious, but you can be assured you’ll have a great trip and you will not be so confronted whilst there.

    • Sweetie, don’t live your life in fear. By that sort of reasoning, you shouldn’t leave your house because you may be hit by a bus. Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, will enrich you, enchant you, and amaze you. It’s so worth the risk.

      And while I’m not the praying type, my heart and best wishes are with the victims. xxoo

    • Ronnie

      Every time there is a bombing in Israel, there are tour cancellations. It is interesting to note that in the past several years since the 2nd Intifada, more Christians have come to visit Israel than Jews. Why is this? I’m not sure I have the definitive answer, but perhaps a belief in divine providence plays a role. If it’s your time, it’s your time, no matter where you are…whether it’s in a car accident or a sudden heart attack or a driveby shooting. What about 911? and all the attacks worldwide. Do you not go to NYC, Africa, London, Spain, Bali, etc. anymore? Do you not fly on an airplane anymore? How do you live your life? If you hide, then the terrorists have won. Be brave and live your life!!

    • Iris Fisherman

      I always feel safer in Israel than driving on our freeways in Houston. Don’t deny yourself a trip where you will have the most important Jewish experience of your life. I’ve been 12 times and can’t wait to return.

      • Iris Fisherman

        I forgot the most important thing I wanted to say: Thank you, Naomi, for identifying and describing the victims of this horrific bombing. We can include their names on Shabbat in our michaberachs. God bless you and all of Israel.

    • Erika

      You shouldn’t be afraid to go because of a bus accident.There are private inexpensive cabs.The visit will be rewarding in many ways. stay out of crowds.Take a tour,which takes you to safe places.DO GO!!!

  • Avigayil Rosenthal

    Thank you so much for the names, ages and descriptions of these victims of horror and terror. It helps so much to ‘know’ them, to be able to imagine them as our brothers and sisters, as someone’s child, and to be able to pray for the. May HaShem grant each one a full and speedy recovery.