Author: Lela Gilbert

Lela Gilbert

Lela Gilbert is the lead contributor to The Philos Project blog. Lela, a Christian who has been based in Israel and the U.S. since 2006, is an award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored more than 60 books. Her most recently published work is the critically acclaimed Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner. She authored Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World; she also co-authored Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians and the award-winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion. Lela is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute and a frequent contributor to Fox News, Algemeiner, The Jerusalem Post, The Huffington Post, and many other publications. Her entire body of work is available at


Jerusalem Notebook: Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Lela Gilbert Monday, April 24, 2017

This is Yom HaShoah, the Day of the Shoah – Holocaust Memorial Day – when Israel stops and remembers Adolf Hitler’s 6 million Jewish victims.


Jerusalem Notebook: Passover – The Remembrance of Suffering, Enslavement and God-Given Freedom

By Lela Gilbert Monday, April 10, 2017

The Jewish people are reminded, year in and year out, of their long and painful history as they observe their holy holidays – particularly Passover.


Jerusalem Notebook: Hatred, Courage and the Israeli-Saudi Connection

By Lela Gilbert Friday, March 31, 2017

The story of a young Saudi intellectual who visited Jerusalem and then wrote an open letter to his generation with the hope of political transformation.


Jerusalem Notebook: Israel, Fake News and the ‘Apartheid State’

By Lela Gilbert Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thanks to the willful blindness of various journalists, diplomats and anti-Israel activists, the apartheid accusation against Israel has never really disappeared.


Jerusalem Notebook: Jews, Christians and Another Deadly Jihadi Pogrom in Egypt

By Lela Gilbert Friday, March 3, 2017

Hundreds of Christians in Egypt have been forced to flee for their lives because the Islamic State continues to make bloodthirsty threats against believers.

New Year

Jerusalem Notebook: A New Year in a Broken World

By Lela Gilbert Sunday, January 1, 2017

Perhaps more than ever in 2017, beginning afresh ought to include reflecting more seriously on the troubled and broken world we live in.


Persecuted Christians: Eyewitness Accounts from Iraqi Christians

By Lela Gilbert Monday, November 14, 2016

Jerusalem correspondent Lela Gilbert relays eyewitness accounts from displaced Iraqi Christians who are praying for the liberation of their homeland.

Yom Kippur

Jerusalem Notebook: Reflections on Yom Kippur

By Lela Gilbert Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“Yom Kippur makes us think about how to use the coming year in such a way as to bring blessings into the lives of others.”


Jerusalem Notebook: An Enormous Funeral for an Enigmatic Israeli Leader

By Lela Gilbert Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The late Shimon Peres was an enigmatic. He was a man of war and a man of peace; a patriot, a poet and above all else, a puzzle.

Christian Persecution: Will Pakistani Prisoner Asia Bibi be Executed for Her Faith?

By Lela Gilbert Monday, August 29, 2016

The final appeal was filed for Christian Pakistani prisoner Asia Bibi, who could become the first Pakistani woman ever executed for blasphemy.