The Devil in Jerusalem: A Novel

The Devil in Jerusalem A Novel Two brothers are admitted to Jerusalem s Hadassah Hospital with horrific injuries Their mother a young American devoutly recites Psalms at the bedside refusing to answer any questions Brought in to

Two brothers are admitted to Jerusalem s Hadassah Hospital with horrific injuries Their mother, a young American, devoutly recites Psalms at the bedside, refusing to answer any questions Brought in to investigate, Detective Bina Tzedek follows a winding path that takes her through Jerusalem s Old City, kabbalists, mystical ancient texts, and terrifying cult rituals, untiTwo brothers are admitted to Jerusalem s Hadassah Hospital with horrific injuries Their mother, a young American, devoutly recites Psalms at the bedside, refusing to answer any questions Brought in to investigate, Detective Bina Tzedek follows a winding path that takes her through Jerusalem s Old City, kabbalists, mystical ancient texts, and terrifying cult rituals, until she finally uncovers the shocking truth.From internationally bestselling author Naomi Ragen, The Devil in Jerusalem is a chilling tale of the paths that so easily lead us astray, and the darkness within us all.

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  1. Naomi Ragen is an American born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971 She has published seven internationally best selling novels, and is the author of a hit play Naomi also publishes a regular column that deals with Jewish subjects, especially Israelcmillan author naomir

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  1. Oh My God This novel is not for the faint of heart Be warned that it is a very difficult read in terms of subject matter It incudes descriptions of rape, brutal child abuse, and then some But it is an important book, too One that would make you understand how it happens that intelligent, sensitive people fall into the hands of psychopathic, sadistic cult leaders who use them and their families for their own needs, only to leave them completely broken mentally, emotionally, physically and most ti [...]

  2. This is one hell of a book A woman wakes up on a hospital bed with injuries She refuses to talk On the other side , her kids are severely injuries She married an orthodox Jewish man in New York They move to Israel in faith of pursuing God.EVERYTHING WAS GOING HAPPY AND MERRY , BUT THEN THINGS START FALLING APART THEY ENDED UP DIVORCINGWho is this woman Where is the bright young wife, so full of love and hope and devotion What went wrong Why she will not talk to the law , answer the questions, to [...]

  3. The author Naomi Ragen, an American who has lived in Jesusaleum for 40 years, writes authoritatively about the city It is evident she understands the language and the culture I found the background information for the story very interesting and informative, having never traveled to Israel myself.The Devil in Jerusalem by Naomi Ragen is inspired on a real court case that occurred in Jerusaleme Elior Chen Trial The experiences of the children in this book was based on 300 pages of actual court tes [...]

  4. What prompts someone who abhors violent behavior especially when the victims are children to read horrifying, gut punching accounts of the torture of children in almost unimaginable ways I don t really know and thus cannot explain why I read every word of Naomi Ragen s The Devil in Jerusalem I can t even plead, Well, it s fiction, since the cover identifies the work as A Novel Inspired by True Events Perhaps the best of my unsatisfactory explanations is the same reason that I don t shut out news [...]

  5. This is a very difficult book to read, because of its subject matter the physical, emotional, mental, and sexual abuse by false messiahs within the Ultra Orthodox community in Israel It tells the story of a young American couple that makes aliyah, wanting a spiritual, uncomplicated life, and how, after having seven children, and getting progressively brainwashed by worse and worse fake prophets, they ultimately lose control of their minds, their lives and the well being of their children It s h [...]

  6. Understand that my star rating should read really moved by rather than really liked it Every page is filled with details of horrific child abuse, brain washing, and loss of rational thought because of participation in a religious cult As much as I deplored the particulars I couldn t put down this book Ragen based the plot of this novel on an Israeli journalist s 2008 expos about abuse by a psychopath Israeli rabbi and master of practical kabbalah and his cult member followers who rained sadistic [...]

  7. I use to be a huge fan of Ragen,but her earlier novels were better in my opinion I felt that this was not anything captivating, it was just really boring to read through all the poor characterization and loopholes The gap between what she use to be and now is confusing, she use to be so good with characterization, but this one was really boring I simply did not care about the story at all, neither did I care to continue reading through the poor quality I may have to take a break from reading any [...]

  8. Wow This was a hard book to put down and when I did I couldn t wait to have time to get back into it This book is intense and not for everyone The descriptions of child abuse are heartbreaking to read However, the complete recounting of events is necessary for the reader to fully understand the depths of evil that the Goodman family fell prey to Just like the detective Bina investigating the case, it took some time to understand how the characters of Daniella and her husband Shlomie could make s [...]

  9. I have been a fan of Naomi Ragen for many years, since I read Jephte s Daughter in the 1990s She writes about Jewish issues and family life, set in America and Israel I had the privilege of seeing her at the 92nd Street Y in New York City about two years ago when her previous book, The Sisters Weiss, was released Although she is extremely observant and identifies as Orthodox, she is passionate about the role of women within the Jewish community and her outspoken views have earned her as many ene [...]

  10. From the first page of the novel, it is readily apparent that Ragen is a talented wordsmith or plagarist See jpost National News Co weaving a tale of intrigue that draws in the reader faster than you can say Jerusalem But as someone who grew up in the culture Ragan is describing, it is apparent that Ragan has only researched the cultural context so far this is a culture that she wants the reader to believe she knows from the inside, when in fact she is only an observer at best, and, based on eve [...]

  11. I m torn at what to rate this book It falls for me somewhere between a 3 and 4 stars I m going to err on the higher side since I have a feeling the I reflect on the book the it may resonate with me.If I had to sum up what my number one reaction upon finishing the book it would be that I m mostly feeling let down I have been wanting to read this book since seeing it on the New Arrival rack at Barnes and Noble quite a while ago Maybe that longing and putting it off only grew the anticipation in [...]

  12. I picked this up on a whim from the library this weekend The premise of a religious cult, and a mother who is so entrenched that she can not protect her own children from evil, both horrified and intrigued me.Religion in it s darker incarnations, has always made me curious, mostly about the ways in which it catches people in its clutches and despite ghastly practices and conditions that sane people would never consider, garners such loyalty and fervency in its followers.The story was written we [...]

  13. I picked this book of off the new book shelf in the library because I usually like her books I didn t even read the synopsis Well I must tell you this is a horrific book based on true events I finished it because it deserved to be read, but I did not enjoy a single moment I actually had to put it aside because I was reading it at night, and indeed I had nightmares A religious cult leader manipulates a religious mother into a terrible belief system that has ramifications for her husband and child [...]

  14. Just up front and this may be as far as you need to read when the other reviews warn you about graphic child abuse, believe them This is graphic I cried I felt nauseated If you want to get beyond that, it wasn t very well written Ragen plays fast and loose with point of view and attempts to create tension by switching perspective every other chapter At first it s Daniella, then it s Bina And back and forth Climax, denouement and resolution are minimal All in all, it reads like torture porn Not r [...]

  15. Never really wanted to read a Naomi Ragen novel but the cover pulled me in It was a horrible story and difficult to read so I skimmed the later third Disgusting torture of children and miserable characters This is not a book one wants to read Glad I skimmed it to finish and can toss it aside.

  16. I haven t liked Naomi Ragen s latest books, but this one was very good in that it delved into cults It was really horrific and unbelievable that this could really be based on a true story in Israel.

  17. This book is graphic, riveting and difficult to put down although there were a few spots that dragged for me why I gave four stars instead of five Eye opening to see how people can get pulled in with religious zealots and see their lives quickly spiral out of their control.

  18. I m not sure how to rate this book It certainly kept my interest while reading, but the subject matter was difficult for me It starts with child abuse and continues from there I m sure every religion has its charlatans, but I did not like reading about them in mine.

  19. What an awful book I made myself read 75 pages and then put it down because it was disturbing, boring, and just plain weird, I had expected better from this author.

  20. A horrifying, yet compelling book about the impact of religious extremism, The Devil in Jerusalem is a fictionalized account of a kabbalistic cult that preyed on weak, marginalized, devout followers While this story involves ultra orthodox Jews, it is a cautionary tale of what could happen to any religious tradition when evil minds are able to take power and twist faithful traditions to hurt others while amassing power for themselves It is a very timely read, though not for the faint of heart.

  21. The book started off interesting and pulls in the reader with the character development from the start Ragen plays with time moving from past to present seamlessly chapter by chapter The first half of the book was engaging and an easy read, however, in the second half it takes too long for the story to reach its climax and finally conclusion Ragen drags out the story and could have ended the book 50 pages earlier There were no significant plot twists at the end which made the story once you unde [...]

  22. WOW, what a very sick and depressing story I had to put it down a few times bc of all the sickness and abuse that went on 3 4 of the way thru I realized that this was based on true stories I appreciated the fact how the author portrayed the Daniella I don t know how the cops could keep their work professional knowing what Dani did allowed to her kids But when Ragen writes about the cults it all make sense in a messed up way FOR MATURE READERS ONLY

  23. This was a hard one to rate I really think I should rate it 3 1 2 The book was mesmerizing I couldn t put it down The book was well written I m just not sure I liked it The book was about such a horrifying situation If you enjoy reading about horrific situations, cults, abuse, self hatred, and the inability to see the truth this is your book That s just not something I choose to read about very often.

  24. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This was a very well written account of how someone could not only fall into the trap of a cult, but also passively allow their children to come to harm inside the cult It s truly horrifying to consider that there are these charming pyschopaths out there, capable of such horrific acts but also good to remember that there are people out there that will bring them to justice.

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