Michael Kupietzky

The Windows of Chanukah Dreidel


The Spinning Top Dreidel was inspired by the wood spinning tops of the Far East. The four sides of The Windows of Hanukkah Dreidel are embossed with the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, heh, shin or pe, the initials of the sentence “ness gadol hayah sham (or poh),” (a great miracle happened there (or here) ), a reference to the miracle of the oil and the story of Chanukah. 

The artist's aim was to create a dreidel telling the story of the miracle. The dreidel, a brass cube structure with four windows, reveals the story as it is spun. In each window, a scene is hand-painted on parchment. The dreidel spins on its trapeze axle, which mirrors another on a stone base. The stone is quarried from the very land of that story it tells.

Each work is signed by the artist and is available in a limited edition. 1997, Brass and painted parchment on a Jerusalem stone base.


  • Large:
    • Height: 13 cm
    • Width: 7x7 cm
  • Small:
    • Height: 10.5 cm
    • Width: 5x5 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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