Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

What's In a Name?

At the end of this passage, some have a custom to mention a verse which begins with the first letter and ends with the last letter of oneís name. What is the deeper meaning behind this practice?

The Zohar writes that after a personís soul is taken from this world, he will be brought before the Heavenly Court and will be asked his name. To the embarrassment of many, they will not be able to answer this seemingly simple question. Considering that oneís own name is heard so frequently throughout life, why wonít we be able to answer this question on the final day of judgment?

A personís name represents his purpose in this world. A person who devoted his entire life to seeking out and fulfilling his purpose will have no difficulty in answering this question. For those of us who may have been distracted from this goal at times, how can we ensure that we will remember our name?

There is no greater expression of a Jewís individuality than his prayer. By signing off our tefillos with verses that allude to our names in this world, we stamp our prayers with our identities. This powerful segula helps ensure that on the day of judgment, we will remember our names.


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

To Share in the Pain of Others
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Leisure Time
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

The Best Policy
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

> What Goes Around Comes Around
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Making It Perfect
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

New Beginnings
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Taking the Initiative
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

'Moment'ary Blunders
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Three Philosophies at Bavel
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

ArtScroll

Constant Taking is Self Destructing
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

Tire of Babel
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Can You Enjoy While Others Lack?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Saved From a Rainy Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

If it Hurts, Scream!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Why We Keep Sinning
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Generation to Generation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information