Why do people have a custom of drinking davka wine on Purim? After all, the story took place in שושן הבירה - Shushan of Beer (Ester 1:2)!

Why do people drink wine instead of beer then?

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Simple answer:

The Royal Rav ordained that Achashverush should always have only the Rav's cerified wine readily available, as it says (Esther 1:7):

וְיֵין מַלְכוּת רָב, כְּיַד הַמֶּלֶךְ

The kingdom's rabbi's wine was near the king's hand. (i.e. - available)

Kal Vachomer - if Achashverush who was a Goy had the rav's wine next to him for his party, shouldn't we have it for our party?

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It's because "ארור המן" has the same gimatriya as "יין".

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    Upvote this comment if you, too, upvoted this answer without checking the gematriya ;-) – MTL Mar 2 '15 at 6:38
  • By my count, they are 502 and 70, respectively. @Shokhet – Scimonster Mar 2 '15 at 8:11
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    @Cnsersmoit Scimonster that's okay, the difference is 256, and you're allowed to be off by 256 in gimatriya. – msh210 Mar 2 '15 at 13:56
  • @msh210 - I might upvote this, but only if I don't know about Arur Mordechai, and you don't know about Baruch Haman :-) Or, is it the other way around? I can't recall... – DanF Mar 2 '15 at 17:42

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