Touching the Stones of Our Heritage. Through the 2,000 years since the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was sacked and destroyed, the Western Wall has stood as the prime symbol of Jewish yearning for Land and Temple. Today, more than 50 years since the restoration of Jewish sovereignty, the Wall remains an intense expression of national pride and of the profound affinity between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem. Through photographs, text and original drawings, this spectacular album takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the Western Wall and its tunnels. With much of the photography new for this volume, rarely seen glimpses of the archeological, the cultural and the national character enrich its telling of the extraordinary history of this ancient place. This is a book of singular value. It reveals, layer upon layer, the centrality of the Western Wall in Jewish life, culture and thought, and the significance of the vital heritage it embodies. Hardcover, 160 pages. colorfull illustrations & maps, 33 cm / 12.9"