The holiday of Purim is known mostly for the Costumes that we wear along with obligation to drink and give food
gifts to each other. One of the lesser known commandments, or mitzvot, related to Purim is the reading of the
Megillah and the obligation to erase Haman’s name. We do this by shaking or spinning a grogger each time Haman’s
name is mentioned.
The grogger used on Purim is essentially a noisemaker akin to a rattle. It has a handle
and there is a cog attached to the handle. There is a piece of wood, metal or plastic attached to the far edge of
the frame and when it is spun, it makes a noise. The rattle mechanism may or may not be enclosed by some kind of
casing to keep the mechanism from breaking.
When picking out a grogger you have several options available. A
wooden grogger allows for the most freedom if you wish to be artistic. Because it is made of wood, it can be
painted with almost any scene imaginable. The most common things to appear on a wooden grogger are scenes from the
Purim story, objects related to Purim, names, Jerusalem, masks or flowers. These groggers make great gifts and
are the loudest groggers available. Plastic groggers can be almost any color imaginable, but they usually are two
colors that are intentionally mismatched as this adds to the festivity of the holiday. These groggers are made
identically to wooden groggers.
The most expensive and most inexpensive groggers are made of Metal. On the
affordable side are groggers made of steel. These are simple groggers that have the rattle mechanism inside the
grogger. They usually are a circular, rectangular or oblong shape. The most expensive groggers are made from
precious metals such as pewter and silver. They are made like the wooden groggers, but are usually more fancy as
they are often engraved with verses from the megillah along with vines or Jerusalem.