Michael Kupietzky

The Jerusalem Tzedaka Box


This unique sterling silver charity box is reminiscent of Jerusalem. Inscribed upon the box is the quote:
“עשרה קבין של יופי ירדו לעולם תשעה נטלה ירושלים ואחד העולם כולו” “Ten portions of beauty came down to the world: Nine for Jerusalem and one for the rest of the world.”

The Jerusalem Tzedaka Box is composed of nine charity boxes in one. In the center is a removable Tzedaka box. This box represents the Holy Temple and the relationship of charity that exists between man and G-d. The Torah teaches us that giving to the Temple is the first stage of giving charity.

This Tzedaka box is embellished with the following verse, from Malachi 3:10: ”הביאו את כל המעשר אל בית האוצר ויהי טרף בביתי“ “Bring all the tithes to the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house. [for those who serve in the Holy Temple]”

The Talmud (Taanit 9A) reads: “Rabbi Yochanan met the young son of Reish Lakish. Rabbi Yochanan said to him: “Recite to me the verse you are currently studying.” The boy answered him, ” עשר תעשר ” [“Tithe, you shall tithe].”

2001, Made from sterling silver and Jerusalem stone.


  • Height: 23 cm
  • Width: 32x32 cm

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About This Artist

Michael Kupietzky

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.

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