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~::- .r~ HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2019 PAGE 15A From page 1A enjoy creating characters and stories. But the thing is, I'm not a great writer. My strong suits are more toward the artistic side of it, so I'm always looking for people to collaborate with." This collaborative team is working well. "She had solid ideas of art that she wanted," he said. So after several talks and many drawings they got on the same page (no pun intended). Layish plans to illustrate several more books with Gilbert in the Contrary Collection. This isn't the first time Central Floridians have seen his work. Layish, who is the son of Nancy Layish of Maitland and Dan Layish of Orlando, grew up in Maitland. He attended the Hebrew Day School and Edgewater High School's engineering, science and technology magnate program. His family were members of Congregation Ohev Shalom. When Layish was in Scouting, his Eagle Scout project was to design a mural on a wall at Longwood Elementary School. An Eagle Scout project has to demon- strate qualities of leadership and management, so Layish couldn't just draw his mural. He recruited friends and family to help him with the project. He designed the work, sketched the outline on the wall and directed his helpers to "fill it in." The project was to raise money for Families in Transition, an organization the helps homeless children in Seminole County reach their educational potential. Another Layish mural is on the wall on the second floor of the Hiilel building on the UCF campus. According to Aaron Weil, CEO of Central Florida Hillel, it is a "one of a kind, iconic piece of art that is now the most photographed image in our building." The iconicwork came about because Rafi commented to Weil about the plain grey walls. "I asked him what he thought that we should do about it," Well shared. "He answered that perhaps we could do a mural It really encompasses the mission of Hillel through art, and spe- cifically, through the eyes of student artist Rafi Layish." The mural has been re- printed for holiday cards and email campaigns for Hillel. Layish is currentlyworking on his portfolio andwould like to gain entry level professional experience and eventually move into the field of digital media. He is always looking for more "stuff to do" and posts his art through Instagram, @rafi.layish. His artwork can be seen at http://rafaellayish. foliohd.com "Hidden Wings of the Time Keeper" is available at http:// thecontrarycollection.com "I'd like to see a movie come out with my name somewhere in the credits," Layish said with a big smile. It probably will happen. Two illustrations in the book "Hidden Wings of the Time Keeper." From page IA praise from Republicans and Democrats alike; Joe Biden even called Barr a 'heck of an honorable guy.'" "Agudath Israel of Amer- ica congratulates President Trump on his nomination of William Barr to serve as the next attorney general of the United States," the group said in a statement published by Baltimore Jewish Life. "From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Barr served as attorney gen- eral in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, andAgudath Israel had occasion to work closely with him on issues of concern to the Orthodox Jewish commu- nity," they added. "He proved himself to be a great champion of religious libe:ty, as he took a leadership rokin protecting the civil rights of Orthodox Jewish commurities thatwere encountering harassment and discrimination." Accepting an award from Agudath Israel in 1992, Barr said: "Freedom of religion requires not only freeing religion from undue govern- ment regulation and interfer- ence. It also requires freeing religion from discrimination and from vile acts of hatred and persecution. That is why I am so concerned by instances of anti-religious activities and hate crime, and particularly by the increasing level of anti-Semitic incidents in this country. The Anti-Def- amation League reports that 1991 was the fifth consecutive year of increased anti-Semitic acts nationwide." Although he is likely to be grilled by the Judiciary Committee about his remarks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016, Barr is expected to be confirmed with bipartisan support. From page 5A tunnels into the Jewish state with similarly murderous intentions. Both Hamas and Hezbnllah have also shown that they can fire rockets and missiles over any fence in order to spread terror inside the Jewish state. The scale of Israel's fencing projects is not as vast as any project to extend existing fencing between the United States and Mexico. Moreover, while some who cross into America illegally are involved in criminal activity, not since the U.S. Cavalry chased Pan- cho Villa back into Mexico more than a century ago has the issue there been one pri- marily about defending the border from armed enemies, as it is for Israel. Just as important, Israel's borders are not so much de- fended by fences or walls as they are by smart technology in areas where the integrity of the barrier is put at risk by the designs of its enemies. Instead of just focusing on construc- tion, there's alotthatAmerica can learn from the way Israel uses high-tech expertise to monitor its barriers. But as long as support for any sort of border barrier or wall is identifiedwith Trump's attitudes about illegal immi- gration and opposition to it with those of his opponents, you can forget about a rational discussion about the merits of fences, whether in North America or the Middle East. The real danger for support= ers of Israel is not so much that the Jewish state is being dragooned into justifying Trump's plans as it is that the reaction to the president's desire for a wall will wind up justifying those who attack Israel's need for barriers. Whether or not you think the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States is a crisis, there should be no patience for claims that Is- rael built its s~urity fences for ideological purposes or to harm those on the other side. While any country has a right, and a duty, to control its borders and determinewho may enter, Israel's barriers are notabout politics. If you find yourself claiming 'that all walls are immoral so as to make a rhetorical point about Trump, you might do well to remember that Israel's fences are a matter of life and death, and not a referendum on your least favorite politician. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS--Jewish News Syndicate. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans to- bin. L Ewry day that you're OUL",ide, y~'re exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UY) sunlight. Left unprotocted, prolonged exposure to UY r~iiaiJou can seriously damage the eye, leading to catara~, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the [t~ture. Sldeld your W (IN your fantii]fs oyos) from harmful IF/rays. Wear aenliims with mxinllril W iwntlctiol. Never again From page 5A of Jews as killers of Palestin- ian Arabs, those who portray Jews and the Jewish state as demonic--as Louis Far- rakhan did yet again shortly after Pittsburgh--serve to reopen "the Jewish question ." As in, what shall be done with this never quite assimilated, always stubborn people? Infinitely adaptable, ever- enduring Jew hatred--to- day regressing to its pre- Auschwitz mean through the gateway drug of anti- Zionism--retains its eternal answer: the elimination of Judaism and those who pro- claim it. Among polite circles, like those who insist they are never anti-Semitic, "only anti- Zionist," marginalization and social-cultural re-ghettoiza- tion will be sufficient. The original ethical mono- theism, with its damned "thou shalls" and "thou shall nots," contradicts the West's increas- ing secular fundamentalism just as it called into question Christianity and then Islam's claims to supersession. In- cluding this small chosen people with their tiny promised land in that now-you-see-it, now-you-don't multicultural rainbow remains one diversity too many. The Holocaust must be un- derstood not only as an event halted by the Allies' defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 but also as a process interrupted. As the survivor and author Primo Levi put it, "It happened, and therefore, it can happen again. This is the core of what we have to say." The words are inscribed at the entrance to Berlin's Holocaust memorial. Twenty percent of French respondents between 18 and 34 tell CNN tiey've never heard of the I-blocaust. So does a similar lroportion in the United Staes. A Labor Party unit in norhern Britain rejected a propoed resolution condemning th Pittsburgh murders becau there's too much talk of %ti-Semitism this, anti-Semitsm that." Today the spead of neo- Nazism anti-Zonist anti- Semitism makes continued war against, aid potential genocide of the najority of the world's Jews--hat is, those living in Israel-a renewed possibility. Eric Rozenmm is commu- nications consdtant for the Jewish Policy Ctnter. The views azd opinions expressed in ths article are those of the autfor and do not necessarily refhct the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media. GUTTER PROTECTION % % From page 11A is Zev Golan's Free Jerusalem Heroes, Heroines and Rogues Who Created the State of Israel (Geffen Publishing, 2003). Golan's book will help to make your visits to the historic sights above much more meaningful.The book is well worth reading even if you have no plans to visit Israel anytime soon. Moshe Phillips is the na- tional director o/Herut North America's U.S. sction. Herut is an internation~l movement for Zionist prid~ and educa- tion. More infornation about Herut is availage at https:// www.herutna.or].