A “gragger” (Yiddish) or “ra'ashan” (Hebrew) is a noisemaker, a kind of rachet, used to drown out Haman’s name when it is read from the Megillah on Purim. Often, a gragger is a box whose contents rattle when shaken, or a bar spun on a rod. Most graggers are operating on the principle of the ratchet device. A gearwheel and a stiff board are mounted on a handle, which rotates freely. The player holds the handle and swings the whole mechanism around. The momentum makes the board click against the gearwheel, producing a clicking and rattling noise. While drowning out Haman’s name does not require a gragger (you can clap your hands and stomp your feet, too), this is the traditional tool of choice for doing so, and a children’s favorite.
On this page you can find Graggers made of Plastic, Wood, and Metal. We also carry a variety of graggers for arts and craft classes and Purim parties, that you can decorate yourself!