Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971 and has been writing, regularly in the Jerusalem Post Newspaper about Israeli and Jewish issues.
Naomi has published numerous internationally best-selling novels. She has been known to be an active advocate for women's rights in Israel, campaigning against gender segregation in the ultra-religious society as well as against bias in rabbinical courts.
One of her most acclaimed for novels is "The Ghost of Hannah Mendes".
In this novel, a Jewish lady realizes that her family tree will die unless she passes on its legacy and traditions to her granddaughters.
The book introduces its readers to the ancient roots of Jews, that had been forced to flee to European countries, centuries ago, especially to Spain and Portugal where many of them had meet the conflict of either being executed by the Inquisition or being forced into changing their religion. The later ones were called "ANUSIM".
The journey to the past, in Old Spain and Portugal and the connections to current Judaism and modern Israel, entwine a breathtaking story that many Jewish people may identify with.
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