OUR DESIGNS ARE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF CONTEMPORARY JEWISH ART
The tradition of candle-lighting on the eve of the Sabbath is both functional and spiritual. The rabbis teach us that the Sabbath lights not only help to guide us through the dark but also enhance the spirituality of the Sabbath.
Kiddush (sanctification) is a blessing recited over wine to sanctify the Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and many other ceremonies. The Torah refers to two requirements concerning Shabbat: to “keep it” and to “remember it” (shamor and zachor).
The purification of the hands before eating bread is not only a physical but also a spiritual purification. Hands symbolize all interaction with the physical world; water is symbolic of the Torah and wisdom.
When G-d took the people of Israel out of Egypt, they traveled through the desert for forty years on their way to Israel. During this time they were entirely dependent upon G-d.
The sages teach us to prepare for the Sabbath and that the Sabbath table is likened to the holy altar. What better way to honor this concept than to adorn our altar with beautiful and meaningful objects?
In ancient times, there was a danger that after a meal people might become drowsy and rub their eyes with their fingers. The Melach Sedomit (salt-extract from a bedrock) that was used in those days might have stuck to the fingers of the people
The word Havdalah means to divide or separate. The Havdalah ceremony separates the Sabbath (or a holiday) from the rest of the week.
A mezuzah houses a rolled parchment scroll in which the ancient Biblical text of the “Shema” serves as protection of the Jewish household. The mezuzah is placed on the doorpost of all Jewish homes.
The tradition of adorning the Sefer Torah with bells (“rimonim”) and a breastplate (“choshen”) is associated with the bells and breast-plate worn by the High Priest (“Cohen Gadol”).
Charity is a fundamental part of Judaism. We are taught from a young age to give with happiness and a full heart. The Maharal observes that charity is different from all other commandments.
The Rabbis interpret water as a metaphor for Torah; thus while wandering in the desert, the children of Israel had become spiritually deprived since they had gone three days without “water” or spiritual nourishment.
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar. It is observed on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar.
The Torah refers to the Etrog as the fruit of a goodly (beautiful) tree because both the fruit and the tree have a pleasant taste.
The Festival of Lights, is one of the most beloved of the Jewish holidays. It is celebrated almost universally by all groups and factions of the Jewish people.
Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar. Its historical background is found in the Scroll of Esther. We celebrate God’s miracle, which changed the fate of the Jewish people in the times of King Achashveirosh of Persia.
The Passover (Pesach) festival commemorates the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt. Pesach begins on the 15th day of the month of Nissan, the first month of the Hebrew calendar.
The Omer is counted from the second night of Pesach till the night before Shavuot, the feast of the harvest (Exodus 23:16).
Michael Kupietzky is a world renowned artist whose work can be seen in major Jewish museums and galleries in Europe, North America and Israel.
Michael was born in the United States in 1967 and immigrated to Israel with his family shortly before the 1973 Yom Kippur war. It soon became evident that he possessed manual dexterity and artistic talent.
In addition to yeshiva studies, Michael participated in a crafts-development program, in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and at Bar Ilan University. He worked as an apprentice with stone masons Glaziers and silversmiths. Always keeping in mind the Bauhaus principle, "form follows function", Michael creates art that is up-to-date incorporating the latest technology and design innovations.
The vibrancy of his work and the striking simplicity of his designs place him on the cutting edge of contemporary design and the detailed craftsmanship on the traditional side of Jewish design. The shared quality in his work is the meaning behind the design. Through his background and thorough knowledge of classic Jewish texts and traditions, Michael is inspired to create works of art.
Michael also designs building interiors, Arks, custom made washing stations and memorials that embody the feeling and warmth of his personal Jewish experience. In his designs, Michael creates not only beautiful but functional and meaningful works of art.
Today Michael resides in the Judean Hills outside of Jerusalem, with his wife and children.