Naomi Ragen

Naomi Ragen is the author of novels including The Tenth Song, The Sacrifice of Tamar, Sotah, The Covenant, and The Saturday Wife. Her books are international bestsellers, and her weekly email columns on life in the Middle East are read by thousands of subscribers worldwide. Ragen attended Brooklyn College and earned her master’s in English from Hebrew University. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She was recently voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel.


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An Interview with Naomi Ragen
 
If you could visit any time, place, or person, when, where or who would you visit?
 I’d like to have a long chat with Dona Gracia Mendes in Amsterdam in the 1500’s.  Gracia, a Portuguese businesswoman who saved many Jews from the Inquisition, also bought land in Tiberias and was hoping to make it a haven for persecuted Jews.  I’d like to tell her what happened.
 
If your novel were made into a movie or television series, who would you like to see in the cast?
Britney Spears would make the ultimate Rabbi’s wife ala Delilah in The Saturday Wife. Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) could play the rabbi to perfection.
 
What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
The worst job I ever had was operating a Xerox machine in the Board of Education. No, I take that back.  The worst job I ever had was during the summer between high school and college when I worked as a secretary for a fundraiser at the UJA, an aging bachelor with a crush on another secretary. He found me much too religious and did everything he could to get rid of me. I knew I was leaving at the end of the summer to go to college, so I didn’t care, but he was unbearably annoying.
 
Besides being an author, what is your fantasy job?
 Being a Chassidic Rebbe.
 
What was your best/ worst costume?
 It was the Purim costume I wore in first grade.  I was supposed to be Queen Esther, traditionally the most beautiful woman in the kingdom.  One of my classmates said it was the first time she’d ever seen an ugly Queen Esther.  I think it was the glasses.
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The Sisters Weiss

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Press

In 1950’s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict ultra-Orthodox family, never dreaming of defying their parents or their...


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The Tenth Song

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

When life is at its best, the unimaginable can shatter everything you think you know… Abigail Samuels has no reason to feel anything but joy on the morning...


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The Sacrifice of Tamar

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

Tamar Finegold is twenty-one years old, the happy, beautiful bride of a rising young Rabbi in one of Brooklyn's insulated, ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. ...


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Jephte's Daughter

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

The pampered daughter of a wealthy Hasidic businessman, Batsheva Ha-Levi grows up in the affluent suburbs of Los Angeles. But everything changes when she turns...


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Sotah

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

Beautiful, fragile Dina Reich, a young woman in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox haredi enclave, stands accused of the community’s most unforgivable sin: adultery. ...


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The Saturday Wife

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

With more than half a million copies of her novels sold, Naomi Ragen has connected with the hearts of readers as well as reviewers who have met her work with...


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The Covenant

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

Living in terror-torn Jerusalem, Elise Margulies constantly fears for the safety of her loved ones. Confined to bedrest during a difficult pregnancy, she...


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The Ghost of Hannah Mendes

Naomi Ragen
St. Martin's Griffin

When Catherine da Costa, a wealthy Manhattan matron, learns she has only a short time to live, she realizes that her family tree will die unless she passes on...


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