1) HASHEM'S ANGER
QUESTION: The Gemara says that Hashem's anger lasts for an extremely short moment of time. (at longest, the length of time needed to pronounce two syllables.) Bil'am wanted to curse the Jewish People at that inauspicious moment of Hashem's anger. What curse could Bil'am possibly say in such a short amount of time?
7b2) NO ONE CALLED HASHEM "ADON" UNTIL AVRAHAM The Gemara says that Avraham was the first to call Hashem, "Adon." Rav Pinchas Altshul of Plotsk (a disciple of the Vilna Ga'on) in SIDUR SHA'AR HA'RACHAMIM uses this statement to explain why our morning prayers begin with "Adon Olam." When we recite "Adon Olam," we invoke the merit of Avraham Avinu.
The Gemara in Tamid (30a) says that it was instituted that the Avodah in the Beis ha'Mikdash did not begin until someone said, "Daylight has reached *Hebron*." The purpose of this practice was to arouse the merit of the Avos, our forefathers, who lived in Hebron (Rashi, Yoma 28a DH v'Iy Ba'is Eima, citing the Yerushalmi.) Just as the Avodah began by invoking the merit of the forefathers, we begin our prayers by reciting "Adon Olam" to invoke the merit of Avraham Avinu.
This is also implicit in the verse that we say before we Daven each morning, "va'Ani b'Rov Chasdecha..." -- "And I, in Your *great kindness*, will come into Your house...." In the merit of Avraham Avinu, who aroused the great kindness of Hashem, we approach Him in prayer.
It may be added that it is particularly appropriate to mention the merit of Avraham more than the other Avos, since the morning prayers were instituted in the pattern of *Avraham's* morning prayer (Berachos 28b). (M. Kornfeld)
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