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.

  • I recently asked someone "What chasidus are you a chasid of", but definitely sounded awkward to my own ears.
    – msh210
    Sep 18, 2011 at 4:07
  • If you are a real levush maven, you don't have to ask Sep 29, 2014 at 18:28
  • @DesertStar Clearly, I am not.
    – WAF
    Sep 29, 2014 at 18:31

3 Answers 3

  • Who is your Rebbe?
  • Which chasidus are you?
  • Where do you daven?
  • Where do you daven is probably best, you can take it further from there.
    – Tzvi
    Jan 16, 2011 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."


Vi Dreist Zi Zich?

  • What does that mean?
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:52
  • 1
    Something like "where do you hang out."
    – Alex
    Jan 16, 2011 at 6:07
  • 1
    That has a Negative connotation Jan 16, 2011 at 13:36
  • Why does it have a negative connotation? Jan 16, 2011 at 16:34
  • 2
    More to spin then play thats why it is called a Dreidle Jan 17, 2011 at 0:32

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