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.


Letting the Sharks Taste Blood

What is it about the office of Prime Minister of Israel that turns fearless generals into spineless jellyfish?  People that can  read complicated strategic maps and plot the crossing of the Suez Canal under enemy fire, suddenly can’t negotiate their way across the street without getting run over?

We cannot blame the  disastrous stewardship of  Israel over the last ten years — that has left her people battered, her economy near ruin, her political stature at its nadir — on any particular party line.

The fact is Prime Ministers Rabin, Barak, and Sharon although on different points on  the political spectrum have all fallen equally into the same incomprehensible patterns of self-destructive leadership.  All share equally in the ongoing disaster that is the stewardship of our precious Jewish homeland, the State of Israel.

It was Prime Minister  Rabin who invented the Orwellian doublespeak of terror attacks as “sacrifices for peace.”  It was Barak who continued to absorb terror attacks with a stiff upper lip, saying they wouldn’t “deter him from pursuing peace.”  And now Prime Minister Sharon who tells us that the lack of reciprocity in our agreements, any agreements, with the Palestinians, “won’t budge”  him from blindly ripping up settlements in exchange for nothing.  And he says it  as if it’s a good, brave thing he’s doing, instead of utter stupidity.

I would have thought, if there was anything at all that Israelis might have learned from the wave of terror  following Oslo , it would have been the simple idea that when you sign an agreement and keep your end, you have to insist the other side do the same, and be held accountable for violations.  Otherwise, what you have is capitulation and defeat, and the abandonment of your people to mass murder.

I think part of the answer to  the question of the failures of Israel’s last three governments (yes, I consider Sharon a failure.  The first Israeli killed in a terrorist attack  after the Road Map meetings in Jordan that went without a government response has doomed his government to the world of the lemmings inhabited by his predecessors. So far, we have two Jerusalem residents ax murdered near Hadassah, four soldiers killed by terrorists in Gaza, and a man dead near Abraham’s tomb in Hebron. That’s one day.) is the Israeli people, who simply refuse to see the handwriting on the wall.  Recent surveys show that about 58 percent of the Israeli people are in favor of taking down settlements.

The same survey shows 53 percent believe that the Road Map has no chance of succeeding. Mr. Sharon was recently booed out of his own party conference, a party that only months ago supported him  with fanatic fervor despite  clearly stated policies that went contrary to everything the Likud party has ever stood for.

When it comes to politics, the Israeli people are not rocket –scientists.

Maybe the dichotomy of people willing to give something for nothing shows more about how Israelis have been brainwashed by their own politicians into believing Palestinian propaganda  which points to settlements as the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Those with a slight historical perspective, of course, know that the attacks and murders and delegitimization of the Jewish State precedes West Bank settlements.

However, even if Israelis couldn’t care less about these pioneer outposts, they should be made to  realize by their leaders that  taking down settlements in the current situation is  like a man  swimming in shark-infested waters deliberately cutting his finger.  Taking down even  one flag-waving teenager on a hilltop in  Samaria while the other side continues to pursue terror as a tactic is tantamount to letting the sharks taste blood.

Like Oslo, the Road Map is a disaster forced on us by those who do not have our best interests at heart, aided and abetted by our elected leadership, who, once again have betrayed us.   The only question now is how many are going to die until they put the Road Map to rest, only to replace it with yet another  “peace plan” that won’t work because obviously, for the Palestinians, terror continues to pay off.

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