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Reading Jewish Books

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 17 Elul 5779

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMJCC

We will discuss "The Devil in Jerusalem" by Naomi Ragen.

Lunch available - $10 (by reservation)

Reply to  Elaine Tenenbaum or  Cheryl Dritz.

Naomi Ragen is an American who has lived in Israel since 1971, and was recently voted one of the three most popular writers in Israel.

The novel explores the horrible abuse, both emotional and physical, that can be inflicted on cult followers and is based on a true, well-known Israeli court case. This fictionalized story centers around an ultra-Orthodox self-proclaimed leader and his followers, but these characters could easily be replaced by other religious psychopaths such as Jim Jones and David Koresh.

From the first page, readers are drawn to the conditions of two young children brought to Hadassah Hospital with horrific injuries. Their mother, Daniella Goodman, the main character, refuses to speak to authorities but instead prays from the Book of Psalms.

The detective, Bina Tzedek, also is an orthodox mother. Enough said without hijacking the story. Read this thriller, keeping in mind that it is based on a true event. You will find it gripping.

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