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.


They Are Trying to Kill Me

I feel like a Jew in Berlin in 1938.They are trying to kill me, to kill my family. This is not figurative, but literal. I was in the Park Hotel on Seder night. I was in the center of Jerusalem yesterday. I took a cab there but I took a bus home because I’m tired of being afraid. And when I walked through the door the phone was already ringing, my husband calling from Tel Aviv, anxious to know if I was all right. I hadn’t even heard yet. I had just walked through the door.

So I called my son, to see if he was all right. And the phone lines were busy. So I waited, and when I got through, he told me he’d gone to pick up his wife in the center of Jerusalem. That she’d been there when the bomb went off. A few streets away.

My son and daughter in law, who had walked through the rubble of the Park Hotel Seder night, to safety. And now, once again….

They were on there way home, he told me.

We founded the State of Israel so that we could stop our enemies from killing us. So that we could have an army, and air force, a government that would protect the lives of Jews, when people around the world looked on in indifference at their slaughter.

Instead, we have allowed our leadership to neutralize those forces, permitting the slaughter to continue. I don’t expect anything from the world. The idiots in Europe who believed all Hitler wanted was“living space” when he took over neighboring countries; who believed that the Jews in Germany and the world had it coming, the way they now promote the idea that Jewish “settlers” have it coming. And every Jew in Israel is a settler. And every Jew in the world has it coming because they are Zionists, who support settlers. It’s a page from Mein Kampf.

Our own media is just as sickening.” After the attack on Rantisi, all the rules have changed” some idiot on Israeli TV news actually said about the bombing.

Rantisi has said: “We will not stop until every man, woman and child in Israel is dead. When Palestine is wiped clean of the Jews.” He’s been saying this for years.

What rules, idiot, are you talking about?

Our ineffectual, fumbling, mumbling government is just as bad. Just another Judenraat.

And our people are so brave, so brave. I saw them in the streets of Jerusalem yesterday, and I thought, looking at the hustle and bustle: nothing can stop us.

If there is another bomb, they will just clean it up, bury the dead, and go on.” I thought this with pride.

But now I don’t know. Is it something to be proud of, or something to be ashamed of this willingness to bury and rebuild and go on in the same direction until the next bomb?

We are being targeted for slaughter, my family , the family of Israel in our homeland that we didn’t take from anyone, that belongs to us, and only to us.

The same way they targeted us in Europe when there was no Jewish state, no settlers. Only, this time, we have the ability to fight back, if only our leadership would have the courage to lead us not down the road mapped out by others, but by the map we drew for ourselves when we came back to Zion.

God save us from our enemies. God save us from our “friends.” God save us from ourselves.

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