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The quotes, defined by Artscroll, are as follows:

 

The top of the head: the blessing given by a father to his daughter on the Sabbath:

 

“May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. May God bless you and safeguard you. May God illuminate His countenance to you and establish peace for you.”

 

 The left breast, ritually struck during prayers of repentance; an excerpt from L’cha Dodi, a prayer recited to welcome the Sabbath:

 

“Feel not ashamed, be not humiliated,

Why are you downcast? Why are you disconsolate? Come my beloved, to greet the bride.”

 

The back of the neck: excerpt from Eshet Chayil. This poem speaks of the virtues of the ideal wife.

“False is grace and vain is beauty, a God fearing-woman, she should be praised.”

Proverbs, 31:10-31

 

The right side:

“And God spoke to Moses saying.” 

 

The left side: excerpt from Yedid Nefesh, a song sung on Sabbath afternoon:

 

“Please, O God, heal her now by showing her the pleasantness of Your radiance.  Then she will be strengthened and healed, and eternal gladness will be hers.  Hasten, show love, for the time has come, and show us grace as in days of old.”

 

The back:

 

“You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination.”

Leviticus, 18:22