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.


More Senseless Slaughter

According to numerous news reports, President Obama denounced the murder of four Israelis by a Hamas gunman as “senseless slaughter” and said the attacks won’t “undermine these talks.”

Dear Mr. Temporarily-Because of-a-Mass-American-Insanity President (not to mention 78% of the American Jewish community who thought that abandoning Israel in their vote would somehow help them. Has it, 78% of American Jews? Are you happier now, richer, more secure?)

I beg to differ. As an Israeli, I believe that the murder of Israelis in cold blood at close range by Palestinian terrorists absolutely undermines the “peace process.” It shows that there is a hard-core of Palestinians, perhaps the majority, (after all, in elections the “Palestinian people” overwhelmingly elected Hamas to lead them in Gaza) are participants in or supporters of the mass murder of Jews.

They are no different in their philosophy and their actions then the Nazis.

And, believe or not, and despite the 78%, some Jews have actually wised up since then. When someone tells us that they “want peace” or that “Arbeit Macht Frei” we tend to question it a bit, and ask to see actions, instead of empty words. So, yes, Mr.Temporary President of the temporarily insane American voting public and the 78%, I’d say the murder of Yitzchak and Talia Imas, who were buried in the ancient Mt. of Olives cemetery opposite the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, seriously “undermines the peace process.” Just ask their six orphans aged 2 to 24: Daniel (married with a six-month-old son), Ruth, Ariel, Hodaya, Ruhama and Oz-David. Talia was in her ninth month of pregnancy.

Ask Maimon Even-Chaim and his eight year-old daughter, whose wife and mother – Kokhava Even-Chaim, 37, who taught in Efrat, was riddled with bullets. Ask Maimon how he felt when as a Zaka volunteer he arrived on the scene and found Kokhava was one of the victims. Ask the new bride of Avishai Shindler, 24, who buried her young husband so soon after the wedding.

Ask the people of Beit Chaggai, the victims’ home, how they feel that because of pressure from the State Department and Mr. Temporarily President, the weak-livered Israeli leadership took away checkpoints on road 60. Ask them how they feel about tomorrow when more “good will gestures” will be demanded, resulting in more Jewish blood.

In light of the big Jewish graveyard that is Europe, I’d say Mr. President (albeit temporarily), you haven’t gotten this one right. This absolutely undermines your efforts to help the Palestinians fill Israel’s graveyards.

Hopefully, Mr. Netanyahu, who represents us, understands that. We’ll see.

As for me, I’m one Israeli who never wants to hear the word “peace” again as long as I live. Because in the Orwellian world we live in, peace means war, and death, and the slaughter of innocents. Every Jew murdered by terrorists in Israel since the Oslo Accords is a “victim of peace.” Just ask Shimon Peres.

2 comments to More Senseless Slaughter

  • Rabbi Fleishig

    The reaction of the mainstream media and their poodle politicians after every Islamic terrorist atrocity is the same: “How can we protect our poor Muslim community who are being unjustly accused by the ignorant masses for abetting terrorism?” So Muslims are always the victims, and our hearts should always be with them. As for the real victims, well, they’re only Jews and they’ve brought it all on themselves by refusing to commit collective suicide and rid us all of the burden of their existence.
    And they say the West went through an “Enlightenment.”

  • I culdn’t agree with you more .
    I read your articles and think to myself that we are blessed with a woman with a heart , a soul and a BRAIN .
    Thank you for just being who you are .

    Sincerly Adina Carmi