Michael Kupietzky

The Pedestal Havdalah Cup



The greatest tool we have for appreciation is the ability to distinguish and differentiate. Thus the Havdalah ceremony heightens ones appreciation of the Shabbat as it distinguishes between the holiness of Shabbat and the rest of the mundane week. The main body of the Havdalah ceremony consists of the Hagefen blessing over the wine.

Before reciting the blessing over the wine, it is customary to lift the wine goblet in the right hand and recite a selection of joyous verses from Isaiah and Psalms. These uplifting verses bring an upbeat atmosphere to the new week. There is a widespread custom among the Jewish people to fill up their Havdalah cup to the point that it overflows. This overflowing of wine symbolizes G-d’s blessing overflowing in our lives.

With this custom in mind, the artist designed a sterling silver cup that rises from a Jerusalem stone pedestal. The base has a moat shape to capture the over spilling wine. The Hebrew blessing which praises G‑d for separating between the holy and the mundane is carved in the center and reflects off the rising cup in its center.

Each work is signed and numbered by the artist and is available in a limited edition. 2015, Sterling Silver and Jerusalem Stone.


  • Height: 15 cm
  • Diameter: 12 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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