What posuk does one choose at the end of shmonei esrei if one has two names? do you use two pesukim? or take the posuk that starts with the first initial of the first name and ends with the last initial of the second name?

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    Not everyone has the custom to do this at all.
    – mevaqesh
    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:52
  • Personally I use two pesukim and intend to tell my children to do likewise. I spoke about the pesukim for my daughter's names at her baby naming.
    – Ze'ev
    Sep 24, 2017 at 20:44

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As Menachem mentioned in the comments, there is a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe (here) where he says that the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe was instructed by his father to say two pesukim, one for each of his names.

I don't have sources, but as far as actual practice goes, all the people I know with two names (of which I am not one), say both pesukim. I know some Chassidim say the Pasuk of their Rebbe. Those who follow this custom say both Pesukim if their Rebbe has two names

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    Any idea which chasidus's chasidim say the pasuk of their rabbi? I've never heard of this AFAIR.
    – msh210
    Sep 14, 2011 at 4:41
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    @msh210: In a letter, hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=15924&pgnum=38 , the Rebbe writes that it is the custom of many chassidim to say the passuk for their name and the Rebbe's name. Interestingly, he uses the singular Passuk (and not Pessukim), even though the Previous Rebbe had two names. I don't know what that means, but I always heard, like the answer, that if someone has two names, they say a passuk for each name.
    – Menachem
    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:35
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    @msh210: Here's a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe where he discusses the sources for this custom. maybe one of those sources will say explicitly what to do when one has two names. chabadlibrary.org/books/default.aspx?furl=/admur/ig/2/404 - In that letter he also writes the Previous Rebbe was told by his father, the Rebbe Rashab, to say two pessukim, one for Yosef (Tehillim 138:8), one for Yitzchok (Tehillim 107:14).
    – Menachem
    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:52
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    @Menachem: and similarly, Chabad chassidim since 1950 have been saying two verses for the Rebbe's names - Prov. 15:30 (for Menachem), and Num. 24:5 (for Mendel).
    – Alex
    Sep 14, 2011 at 15:31
  • If one's rebbe is dead, is saying his verses still necessary? Seemingly he already dealt with the forgetting/remembering of his name.
    – Double AA
    Apr 5, 2016 at 23:55

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