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 just-published 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.


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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Salah Choudhury on Trial for His Life

Friends,

Below Mr. Choudhury describes his day in court. None of the prosecution witnesses showed up. But did the Court drop the charges? No!

Suggestions from Mr. Choudhury suggest how we can help.

Every blessing,
Naomi


From Salah Choudhury:

When I started from my house for attending today’s [March 12, 2008] court, I knew with all my heart that millions of my friends, supporters, brothers and sisters around the world are kindly praying for me.

US Embassy in Dhaka sent an observer to the court, while a Political Officer [diplomat] from the European Union also kindly attended the court. Both the observers very kindly arrived at the court premises by 11:00 am as I suggested earlier. Anyway, I had to be in the court from 9:00 am along with my lawyers, Advocate Samarendra Nath Goswami, Advocate Govinda Chandra Pramanik, Advocate Shubash Saha and Advocate Afsana. The judge did not sit right on time at 9:00 am. Rather he came to the court at 12:00 noon and my case was this time put at the top of the list. The judge was very much willing to begin hearing witnesses while the Public Prosecutor told the court that none of the witnesses came to the court to give witnesses. At this stage, the judge Mr. Azizul Huq fixed April 15, 2008 as the next date to hear the witness and instructed the prosecution side to send notice to the witnesses to be present.

When I came out of the court, I was asked by a local reporter as to why the witnesses are not coming while the government is not dropping the charge. My reply was, the government wants to appease the Islamists, so they are not going to drop the charges.

On the other hand, the reason behind absence of the witnesses are:

  1. In the charge sheet and the charge, it is clearly mentioned that, I wrote an article titled ‘Hello Tel Aviv’, which was published in USA Today in 2003. There are numerous quotes from that article, and the Investigating Authority and the court are convinced that there are ingredients of treason in that article.

But the fact is, I NEVER EVER WROTE ANY SUCH ARTICLE SO THERE IS NO QUESTION OF IT BEING PUBLISHED IN USA TODAY. This is a completely baseless allegation brought by the prosecution. The government is well aware of non availability of any evidence against such allegation.

  1. In the CHARGE, the trial court observed that government agents recovered a copy of speech; I was carrying to Israel for the conference. The judge said, in that speech, I have forecasted about existence of Jihadist training camps within Madrassas. In the drafted speech, I also mentioned about existence of Islamist militancy groups in Bangladesh. NOW FIRST OF ALL, THAT SPEECH WAS NOT DELIVERED OR PUBLISHED, SO THERE IS NO QUESTION OF BRINGING ANY ALLEGATION ON AN UNDELIVERED SPEECH. SECONDLY EXISTENCE OF ISLAMIST MILLITANCY GROUP IN BANGLADESH AND JIHADIST TRAINING IN MADRASSAS ARE ALREADY PROVEN FACT.

So how the government or the prosecution shall be able to prove the allegation of sedition, treason and blasphemy against me?

Now, they have opted for harassing me mentally and financially.

This is their clear intention.

May I humbly request you all to please consider the following actions:

  1. Chief of Bangladesh Army, General Moeen U Ahmed is scheduled to visit United States in May this year. He is intending to meet US policymakers. Prior to his trip, trend of international press on situation in Bangladesh shall be closely monitored by the relevant section in Army. Human Rights violation is a major issue. If any of the newspapers, blogs, web portals, news services, online newspapers will highlight my issue in next several weeks, it will certainly leave a strong signal with the Bangladeshi interim government and its ultimate driving force in immediately dropping the false charges.
  2. Letters from world policymakers, Senators, MPs, Congressmen, Human Rights groups, lawyers, public representatives, celebrities, Nobel laureates, editors, journalists, business leaders, religious leaders, interfaith groups etc., etc shall also leave a great positive impact. Each of such letters may kindly be made available with the Bangladeshi press.
  3. In most of the letters, it may kindly be mentioned that I received Freedom to Write Award in 2005 from PEN USA; Moral Courage Award in 2006 from American Jewish Committee, Key to Englewood City in 2007 from Esteemed Mayor Michael Wildes and Monaco Media Award in 2007 from Prince Albert of Monaco.

My profound gratitude to you all and especially to Hudson Institute [for helping me financially], Mr. Leslie Sacks [for putting advertisements with Blitz], PEN USA, Prince Albert of Monaco and everyone else who kindly bought my book, Injustice & Jihad. Of course, very special thanks to my brother Dr. Richard L Benkin and my beautiful Jewish family in Illinois.

MEANWHILE, PLEASE LOOK INTO THE ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT ISSUED BY US STATE DEPARTMENT.

Regards,

Shoaib Choudhury

 

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