Bureaucracy Purim Gragger (Grogger)
One of the traditional Judaic manifestations of blotting out the existence of Haman, the mitzvah of noisemaking on Purim, is accomplished by writing Haman’s name on the sole of one’s shoe and erasing his presence as one walks. Avi takes this tradition and modernizes it: he created a rubber stamp with erasers spelling out the verse “…I will utterly blot out…” that one can stamp on Hamen’s name. Furthering the artist’s metaphor protesting against bureaucracy, Avi believes that we should all strive to erase the injustice of bureaucracy. To add further noise and mayhem, Avi has inserted into the grogger ten pieces of silver symbolizing the ten evil sons of Haman.
Materials: Sterling silver, wood, rubber
Dimensions: 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Meet the Artist: Avi Biran
Avi Biran creates contemporary Judaica that is a perfect blend of function, art, form, humor and joy. Avi studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem, Israel. His artistic excellence earned him the Bezalel Prize for Outstanding Achievements and the prestigious Lucman Prize for Judaica, as well as the Jesselson Prize for Design of Contemporary Judaica awarded by the Israel Museum. His creations seamlessly integrate the requirements of Halachah (Jewish laws) with those of Hiddur Mitzva (meticulous performance of a commandment "in all its glory").Learn More