This book had been originally published in Russian by the Meeting Place association.The author of the book: Meir Antopolsky.
The English edition was issued in cooperation with the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation (TMHF), headed by Rabbi Yehudah Glick, with the goal of making the Temple Mount accessible and meaningful to its visitors and to the millions of people around the world who want to learn more about the site, considered the holiest in Judaism.
“Arise and Ascend” has been widely endorsed by diverse religious leaders around the world and includes introductions written by Israel’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the town of Efrat; American Pastor Keith Johnson, who founded the Biblical Foundations Academy International; and Muslim and Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar from Turkey. (See what these people say about the book).
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The first advance copy of the book was presented by Rabbi Glick to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting during which the two discussed the present situation on the Temple Mount. “He who does not study and understand his past misses out on any understanding of the present and the future,” Netanyahu said during the meeting. “This is the only way we can really understand the connection between the people of Israel [and] Jerusalem.”
The book, researched from historical, archaeological, religious, and Biblical perspectives, leads visitors on a self-guided walking tour in a clearly laid-out path intended to preserve the sanctity of the Temple Mount. It includes maps, timelines, and color photos, and cites scholastic as well as Biblical and Talmudic sources, drawing from historical accounts, archeological records and scriptural verses to reconstruct the site as it was in the past and explain its present condition.
It is dedicated to the memories of Yitzhak and Talia Imas, two of the earliest advocates for freedom of access and prayer on the Temple Mount. The couple spent many years learning and teaching others about the Temple Mount’s importance to Israel. They were killed by Arab terrorists in 2010.