Ari Jankelowitz


Jewish Art or Jewish Kitsch?

By Ari Jankelowitz

Jewish Art or Jewish Kitsch?
Walking around the loosely organized “Jew York” show at the UNTITLED gallery on the Lower East Side and the Zach Feuer Gallery in Chelsea, I began to feel a slight sense of unease. Was it the mezuzah that had mysteriously appeared on the doorpost of UNTITLED? Or the collection of men’s suits from the venerable Orchard Street suit dealers Global International that were also available for purchase in the front entrance of the Zach Feuer Gallery?Read More


Yuri Fights! Yuri Wins!

By Ari Jankelowitz

Yuri Fights! Yuri Wins!
Yuri Foreman, the rabbi-in-training who doubles as a boxer, was dreaming big after winning the latest fight in his comeback trail.Read More


Complex Problem of Dual Citizenship Especially Vexing When Israel Is Involved

By Ari Jankelowitz

Complex Problem of Dual Citizenship Especially Vexing When Israel Is Involved
The Prisoner X scandal highlights the pitfalls of dual citizenship. Being forced to choose between two nationalities is difficult, especially for a Jew when one of the countries is Israel.Read More


Yuri Foreman Wins! I Pull Up the Blankets.

By Ari Jankelowitz

Yuri Foreman Wins! I Pull Up the Blankets.
Sitting in my living room wearing pajamas on an especially frigid night watching a live stream of the Yuri Foreman fight, I could not help but marvel at the ability to watch a non-title boxing match in such a small arena (a Times Square blues club!) live over the Internet. Truly, we are in the golden age of the micro-broadcast.Read More






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