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Say you meet a stranger who is a member of a particular community of chasidus. What is the most polite and direct way to ask the person of which community they are a member? I.e. a question whose answer could be one word, such as "Munkatcher", "Gerer", or "Toldos Aharon". "What are you?" is obviously impolite and imprecise. "What kind of chasid are you?" seems only slightly less so. "Where are you from?" just doesn't express the intended question.

This is a question of social graces and terminology, not one of taxonomy.

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I recently asked someone "What chasidus are you a chasid of", but definitely sounded awkward to my own ears. –  msh210 Sep 18 '11 at 4:07
    
If you are a real levush maven, you don't have to ask –  Desert Star yesterday
    
@DesertStar Clearly, I am not. –  WAF yesterday

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  • Who is your Rebbe?
  • Which chasidus are you?
  • Where do you daven?
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Where do you daven is probably best, you can take it further from there. –  Tzvi Jan 16 '11 at 2:55

"Where do you belong?"

Observed in an overheard conversation between two chasidim.

The reply was, "[NAME OF CHASIDUS] but I daven at Ger."

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Vi Dreist Zi Zich?

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What does that mean? –  Isaac Moses Jan 16 '11 at 4:52
    
Something like "where do you hang out." –  Alex Jan 16 '11 at 6:07
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That has a Negative connotation –  SimchasTorah Jan 16 '11 at 13:36
    
Why does it have a negative connotation? –  Gershon Gold Jan 16 '11 at 16:34
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More to spin then play thats why it is called a Dreidle –  SimchasTorah Jan 17 '11 at 0:32

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