Commemorative Acrostics

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A hallmark of memorial services in Israel is praising God by selecting meaningful verses from Psalms that start with the successive letters of the name of the deceased. This tradition in Judaism, also employed in many prayers, dates back to the Psalms themselves.

For someone named Moshe משה, as an example, the following might be read:

מָגִנִּי עַל-אֱלֹהִים; מוֹשִׁיעַ, יִשְׁרֵי-לֵב.

Magini al-Elohim; moshia, yishrey lev.

שֹׁמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה–עָדֶיךָ, כָּל-בָּשָׂר יָבֹאוּ.

Shema tefilah– adeykha, kol basar yavo’u.

הַבֹּטְחִים בַּיהוָה–כְּהַר-צִיּוֹן לֹא-יִמּוֹט, לְעוֹלָם יֵשֵׁב.

Haboykhim baAdonay- k’har tzion lo yimot, l’olam yeshev.

My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
–Psalm 7:11

You who hear prayer, unto You does all flesh come.
–Psalm 65:3

They that trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
–Psalm 125:1

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