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.

דּוֹדִי צַח וְאָדוֹם דָּגוּל מֵרְבָבָה

My beloved is white and ruddy, pre-eminent above ten thousand. – Shir HaShirim 5:10

The Sforno explains that this verse, which is recited for the name Dina, refers to two attributes of God. “White” refers to when God exercises His attribute of mercy. “Ruddy” (meaning red) refers to when He exercises His attribute of strict justice. God contains both of these capacities. (This verse is also paraphrased in Shir HaKavod, AKA Anim Zemiros.)

Verses for women’s names may be found in the book Rigshei Lev by Rabbi Menachem Nissel, based upon Tefillah Yesharah/The Boston Siddur.