In a resolution of a plagiarism case appeal brought by author Naomi Ragen, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the author to delete 25 phrases from future editions of her bestselling novel “Sotah.”
The order made on Wednesday upholds a December 2011 decision by Jerusalem’s District Court, which ruled that Ragen used parts of haredi Orthodox author Sarah Shapiro’s 1990 book “Growing With My Children: A Jewish Mother’s Diary” in her book “Sotah,” which appeared in 1992. The district court in March 2012 ordered Ragen to pay nearly $63,000 in damages in addition to removing the phrases in future printings of the book.
Also as part of the appeal verdict, the Supreme Court ordered that a large portion of the settlement money go to two Israeli charities. The justices reportedly called the lower court’s original verdict “problematic.”
Among the phrases that Ragen must remove are “perfectly behaved little angels,” and “I forgive you,” she said in a statement.