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Another Mosque Project Seeks Support, This Time With Jewish Help
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Given that Hanukkah marks the Maccabees’ defeat of a Syrian despot, it may be an irony, but Greene, regional director of the Los Angeles-based Progressive Jewish Alliance, sees the project and his group’s support of it as “a rededication of religious faith and freedom.”

The Gift of Reconciliation
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As the ocean liner steamed in from the open sea and approached the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the boy worried that the ship’s superstructure would not clear. ‘‘It was a cold, sunny winter day, Wednesday, the 22nd of December, 1965,’’ he said. ‘‘There are certain dates etched in your memory.’’

Feisal Abdul Rauf’s Balancing Act in Mosque Furor
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In recent weeks, Mr. Abdul Rauf has barely been heard from as a national political debate explodes over his dream project, including, somewhere in its planned 15 stories, a mosque. Opponents have called his project an act of insensitivity, even a monument to terrorism.

Mosque Near Ground Zero Stirs Mixed Feelings for Local Muslims
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The same holds true for Pervaz Akhtar, a tailor who keeps a shop a few blocks from the center’s site — and who lost his first shop and nearly his life in the Sept. 11 attacks. “There is a principle involved,” Mr. Akhtar, 58, said. “We believe in the American Constitution.”