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Prominent New York Rabbi Marc Schneier was the main speaker at the prestigious Muslim Razi School in New York yesterday.

It was the first time a religious Jewish personality in New York had been invited to appear before Muslim high school students. "I wasn't asked a single question about Israel and the Palestinians," Schneier said after addressing the hundreds of pupils.

Schneier's appearance was initiated by Boris Pincus, a Jewish emigre from Uzbekistan who is the founder of Religions in Dialogue and president of the American Association of Central Asian and Caucasian countries.

Schneier said his talk, which began with a survey on Judaism, lasted about two hours and focused mainly on questions and answers. He said the students displayed a keen interest in the Jewish religion, adding the event was one of the most moving experiences of his rabbinic career.