Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses.

אֵלֶיךָ ה’ אֶקְרָא וְאֶל אֲדֹנָי אֶתְחַנָּן

Unto You, Hashem, I do call, and unto the L-rd I do appeal. – Psalms 30:9

This verse is recited for the name Aharon (Aaron). The Talmud in tractate Brachos (34a) teaches us the way to pray. First, we approach Hashem by recounting His praises. Next, we ask Him for the things we need. Finally, we thank Him for the things He has given us. We see that David, the author of this Psalm, also followed this course of action since he “called” upon G-d (with praise) before “appealing” unto Him (with requests).