Congresswoman Grace Meng Responds To Jewish Community

In the sefer Sh’nei Luchos HaBris, the Shlah HaKadosh writes that one should recite verses corresponding to one’s name before the Yihyu L’Ratzon at the end of the Sh’moneh Esrei as a s’gulah to not forget one’s name on the “Judgment Day.” Many people recite a pasuk from T’hilim that begins and ends with the same letter that begins and ends with their Hebrew name.

The Arizal explains that a person really has two names: one from the side of k’dushah given to him from his father and mother at birth, and a second name that stems from the Sitra Achra, the yeitzer ha’ra. The first name refers to his spiritual strengths, while the second name refers to his spiritual weaknesses, the bad midos that stand in the way of that perfection (Shaar HaGilgulim 23).

The Arizal explains that our mission in life is to strive to identify our spiritual strengths and weaknesses, and to re-channel our spiritual weaknesses in order to ultimately repair and elevate it. According to Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, identifying our unique evil inclination means “knowing its name” in a figurative sense. The wicked, who ignored this task during their lifetimes, are therefore at a loss when asked what their names are. The righteous person, on the other hand, can easily remember his name having dedicated his life to this purpose.

When we are accustomed to saying the p’sukim associated with our name every day, we begin to personally connect to the p’sukim and chapters of T’hilim. We then begin to see more clarity, yishuv ha’daas, and emunah in ourselves, and in those around us.

List of People
Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah   

(Please recite Psalms
20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.)

Avraham ben Avital

Daniel Mashiach ben Tamar

Avraham Chaim ben Sarah

Daniel ben Avraham

Itai Yaakov ben Tziporah

Efrat bas Oshra

Yafah bas Monavar

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel

Zehavah Golda bas Shoshanah

Yonasan ben Sofia

Ruth bas Miryam

Elisheva bas Miriam

David Chayim ben Leah

Elka bas Yehudis 

Shomer ben Hadassah

Aliza Chasidah bas Rachel Shoshanah

Reuven ben Shoshanah 

Elimelech Avraham ben Sarah Sheva

Benyamin ben Sarah

David Rafael ben Miriam 

David ben Simchah

Chayim Anshel ben Rivkah

Daniel Mashiach ben Tamar

Sam ben Basyah