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Section:  Avodah   Category: Tefila
Tefila: Don't Forget The Magic Word

In the Tefila Adon Olam, we talk about Hashem being King of the world.  The Maggid of Plotzk asks in his Siddur Shaar HaRachamim, why do we start with the words Adon Olam Asher Molach, Master of the world who was King?  Shouldn't we start Melech HaOlam, the King of the world?

He answers with the Mishna in Tamid (3:2) that says that in the Bais HaMikdash when they would check the horizon and declare that the eastern sky is becoming light, they would ask if the light had reached Chevron.  Why Chevron?  The Yerushalmi Yuma (3:1) answers, to remember the Zechus of Avrohom Avinu.  We see from there that when coming to Tefila it is good to bring Avrohom with us.

The gemara in Brachos (7a) says that from creation until Avrohom, no one ever referred to Hashem as Master of the world.  Using the term Master to call to Hashem summons up the memory of Avrohom and helps our Tefilos get answered even if we are not deserving.  Similarly in Shmoneh Esrei we start with the Shem Hashem of "Adon" to start with Avrohom.

If we want hashem to answer us we should not ask for something in our own z'chus.  We must always ask B'Zchus Avos.  So remember, "Please" is a really nice and polite word and can open up many doors.  But when it comes to Tefila, the real magic word is "Avrohom".

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