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10/01/2013 | | Text By Steve Lipman | Lens

This month marks a minor anniversary in Israel — the “Lonely Planet” travel guide publisher a year ago placed Israel’s Negev desert second on its list of the world’s top 10 regional travel destinations for 2013.

“For decades the Negev was regarded as nothing but a desolate desert,” the guide stated. “But today, this region is a giant greenhouse of development. Think eco-villages, spa resorts and even wineries. In the next few years a new international airport at Timna is scheduled to open, followed by a high-speed railway to Eilat and more hotels.”

09/24/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Don’t let your eyes fool you.

It’s not a real Jewish wedding.

The “bride” and “groom” aren’t really Jewish. Either are most of the “parents” or the “rabbi.”

But the Jewish spirit was real.

09/17/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Within the bounds of Jewish law, creativity over the years has brought forth a wide range of sukkah huts for the observance of the Sukkot holiday. There are huts on flatbed trucks and those whose walls are canvas and wood and ply-glass.

09/10/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

With the New Year come and gone, however early it feels, we must also say goodbye to summer and its pleasures. This past season, one of them was Orly Genger’s massive Madison Square Park rope sculptures: Red, Yellow and Blue, which dominated the Flatiron District’s green space from May 2 through Sept. 8.

09/03/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Why did some young volunteers in a trendy new Jewish organization dress up as bees and pass out free jars of honey here in the last few weeks?

08/27/2013 | | Book Critic | Lens

It’s always about more than food.