I was recently having a discussion with close friend of mine about who we really are and what’s at the core of our personality. As we talked about what mitzvos we strongly identify with and how Hashem identifies with us, we got onto the topic of pasukim (verses) that are associated with our Hebrew names.
I’m sure youâ€™ve seen those lines in small print in the last paragraph of the Shemoneh Essrei, right? Where you have the option to turn to page 924 in the back of the Artscroll siddur and insert the appropriate Hebrew verse for your Hebrew name. How many of us have actually taken a look at the verse for our own name?
Each of us was given a Hebrew name that reveals the essence of who we are. To find the pasuk that relates to your name you only have to look up the verse thatâ€™s associated with the first and last letters of your Hebrew name. Itâ€™s that simple!
After I finished talking with my friend I decided to look up the names of my children. I was amazed. The verses for my kidsâ€™ names were very revealing and completely on target with their personalities. I looked up the names of my friends. Once again, a direct hit. How often do we daven for someone and just rattle off their Hebrew name without really thinking about what that name means?
After the High Holidays and our reaffirmation that Hashem is the true Master of the world, I urge you to take a look at what your name means and what verse is attached to it. It might help you relate better to yourself and Hashem.
By the way, my Hebrew name is Nisan (yeah, like the car) and the verse for my name is taken from Mishley (Proverbs) 20:27.
â€œThe spirit of man is the lamp of Hashem, searching all the innermost parts.â€