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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An Ex-Muslim’s Short and Brilliant Explanation of Islam

I was watching another one of Pat Condell’s marvelous rants on YouTube when by chance I came across this stunning video created by an ex-Muslim who grew up in the Middle East and attended Islamic schools. Her explanation of Islam left me in shock and awe. So clear. So unequivocal. It cuts through all the insane chatter, the talking heads, the politically-correct, dim-witted speech.

You HAVE TO listen to her. Only then will you truly understand what is going on in the world, the “refugees”, ISIS, Islamic faith, etc. etc. …

BRAVO!

To see this brave ex-Muslima’s brilliant video, click here.

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To see the Pat Condell videos I mentioned, click here (European Betrayal of Women) or here (Offending a Million Muslims).

12 comments to An Ex-Muslim’s Short and Brilliant Explanation of Islam

  • Lef Elliot

    Excellent video. Thank you so much for drawing attention to it.

    The lady is truthful and extremely lucid anout her religion of birth. Her observations are valid notwithstanding whether or not she converted to another religion. A person can be a murderer and yet his/her testimony can still be valid. So those who doubt her on the ground she is may be a convert to Christianity have no cause to invalidate her testimony about islam.

  • Chaim Nutzman

    rabbi, the point is that your views are far more moderate and nuanced than those of the ex-Muslim Christian woman, who says we’re all fools for believing in even the concept of a moderate, rational Islam. I know her to be wrong.

  • Chaim Nutzman

    I don’t care what group she’s representing. What offends me is her facile dismissal of even the possibility of moderate Muslims all because of her recitation of the history of Mohammed and early Islam, along with the continued existence of Islamic terrorism. That’s almost like saying Jews are child-killers because the Jewish Bible required that rude children to be stones to death. I know and work with scores of Muslims who are kind, law-abiding, and constructive members of the American mosaic. Why don’t you ask the ADL whether they think that video is anything other than ethnic hatred?

    • Rabbi Fleshing

      Chaim, Islam is neither an ethnicity nor a race, and the difference between Jews and Muslims is that no Jews are today stoning rude children to death, despite the Biblical command to do so, but many Muslims are committing atrocities (to put it mildly) exactly in accordance with the teachings of their holy book. So your comparison is not in any way valid or justified.

      • Chaim Nutzman

        So, nu, does the video for you legitimize treating all muslims as having shared guilt for the islamofascist terrorists?

        • Rabbi Fleshing

          Chaim, guilt and responsibility are individual, not collective. Of course not every Muslim is responsible for the actions of every other Muslim. Nevertheless there is nothing wrong with subjecting all Muslims to extra scrutiny given what is happening. The question is how can this be balanced with the need to judge people individually and to avoid collective punishment. For example, how is Israel to deal with the fact that while very few Muslims are actively engaged in terrorism, the ones that do enjoy widespread support among their co-religionists? It has been said that an extremist Muslim is one who wants to kill all the infidels, while a moderate Muslim is one who would never dream of doing this himself, but is quite happy for the extremist Muslim to do it for him. The sad fact is that there is a lot of truth to this, and we in the West don’t know how to deal with the issue.

  • Lonny

    The video is posted by this user:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3OhtBlvmgxOBVd_YEeDp6A

    The profile picture shows a newspaper headline:
    Last News
    Christ Returns
    — Millions Missing around the world

    • Rabbi Fleshing

      Lonny, are you saying that what the ex-Muslim said in the video is false because she is associated with a Christian missionary organization, or that as observant Jews we are not allowed to listen to anything anyone says before confirming that he or she is a certified friend of the Jewish people? Maybe we should just ask ourselves whether what they are saying is true or not, rather than obsessing over the credentials of the person who says it. Doesn’t the Torah tell us that Balaam’s ass spoke the truth, even though he was an ass?

      • Lonny

        You insult my sensibilities. Why would you lend credence to anything this anti-semitic group posts, let alone refer others to them? I dare you to refer other Jews, face-to-face, to this group for enlightenment.

        • Rabbi Fleishig

          The truth remains true no matter who says it. I understand your aversion to the messenger, but perhaps you should ask yourself why you are so resistant to the message. Do you really believe that what she is saying is false? If someone you respect would say the same thing, would you accept it or would you find a reason to reject him/her too. Is your problem with the messenger or with the message?

  • Naomi ragen

    I actually found this on youtube posted by the woman herself, not any organization. Nevertheless, she speaks the truth.

  • Lonny

    Ms. Ragen I was very disturbed by the ex-muslim video you linked to.
    It was posted by a Christian organisation that believes Jews are going to Hell and tries to convert Jews to Christianity
    I was very surprised that you would promote such an organization.