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.
רִגְזוּ וְאַל תֶּחֱטָאוּ אִמְרוּ בִלְבַבְכֶם עַל מִשְׁכַּבְכֶם וְדֹמּוּ סֶלָה
Tremble and do not sin; reflect with your heart upon your bed and be still. Selah! - Psalms 4:5
The Talmud (Brachos 5a) uses this verse as a mnemonic to explain the steps a person should take in order to fight his evil inclination (yetzer hara).
* Tremble and do not sin – a person should first rouse his good inclination to overpower his urge to do wrong;
* Reflect with your heart – if that doesn’t work, he should study Torah;
* Upon your bed – if one needs further reinforcement, he should recite the Shema (the mnemonic being that Shema is recited nightly upon our beds);
* And be still. Selah! – finally, if all else fails, one should contemplate the day of his death.