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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What Israelis Need Now

Friends …

As always, you have been great (did I expect anything else?) about the lecture cancellations. I wrote you not because I need those lectures (believe me, I have more invitations then I can handle, and those two spots will be filled in a few days) but because it is indicative of the kind of thing that is undermining our fight here in Israel to see the truth, and to fight for the things that matter.

Some of you mistook the name of my lecture bureau agent, Iris Kislin, as the person responsible for the cancellations. Iris, of course, is not responsible. She simply conveyed the cancellation from Marcia Cantor at ottawa@israelbonds.net and Nancy Somers in Hamilton, Ontario.

Here in Israel, as we mourn the horror of three murdered women, two of them fourteen year old friends standing in front of their own door, in cold blood by war criminals supported by EU funding, and media coddling, we have more important things to think about than the politics of professional fundraisers.

Israel’s government is in crisis. Her economy is collapsing. And every single day numerous terrorist attacks are planned and carried out. We are busy crying for the 19 year old women soldiers blown up by 128 kilos of explosives near Karkur, for the three soldiers, two of them officers, who with great heroism held a suicide bomber back from exploding himself in a restaurant near Ariel.

For the mother and daughters murdered in Chermesh who snuck through under cover of an Arab olive grove–the kind Rabbis for Human Rights are so keen to save. Amos Oz and AB Yehoshua went out to support the rights of Arab olive grove owners (but didn’t bother to stop by Chermish to protest the violation of the human rights of young, Jewish girls to be protected from random mass murder by Palestinian scum.).

And who knows what will happen tomorrow? At this time, all of us, especially those who are trying so hard to fight the media’s lies, need to concentrate. I don’t have the time or the strength to get involved in this kind of nonsense.

So let me end this topic by saying this:

I am a writer. A playwright. And a lecturer. But I am also a human being, and a survivor of a terror attack that could have claimed the lives of my sons, and my daughter in law, my husband and my children’s grandparents. I was trying to have a seder in the Park Hotel. Because of an Arab murderer who took advantage of a Jewish hotel that was, in my opinion and in the opinion of the families of the 29 people who died there with whom I am in touch, criminally negligent in securing the well-being of its guests, dozens died, over a hundred were injured, and I and my family were put into mortal danger.

It is our opinion that in light of the Park’s negligence, fundraising luncheons and dinners should not be held there, allowing it to profit from this tragedy.

This is my right, as a human being. I will not give it up no matter what it costs me. People who can’t understand that, can’t understand the first thing about Israel or Israelis, or what kind of support they need at this time. And so, perhaps they shouldn’t be in fundraising.

They should work for CNN.

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