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Michael Kupietzky

The Challah Board Basket


Rabbi Yohanan and Rabbi Eleazar both explain that as long as the Temple stood, the altar atoned for the people of Israel, but now a man's table atones for him. (Talmud Bavli - Berachot 55a) After the HaMotzi blessing is recited the head of the household slices the bread and distribute it to those at the table.

The artist has created a unique challah board. A sterling silver basket with a stone cutting surface in its center serves as a challah cutting board and turns into a basket to pass around the cut challah.

The sterling silver basket has two handles. When pulling down the handles the cutting bored surface rises to allow the challah to be cut. After the slicing is complete one pulls the handle back up and the cutting surface descends to the bottom creating a beautiful basket.

Flanking the two sides of the top surface is the blessing, "HaMotzi Lechem Min Haaretz" (Blessed is He Who brings forth bread from the earth), and between them is a wheat motif. A floral design serves as walls for the basket. Four traditional legs complete the composition.

Each work is signed and numbered by the artist and is available in a limited edition. 


  • Height: 10 cm
  • Width: 26 cm
  • Length: 46 cm

Please note: This item is a custom order and will be ready to ship in 8-10 weeks from the time of order.

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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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