When addressing someone directly, Reb is usually used with the first name only ("May I help you, Reb Chaim?"). In other circumstances, it can be used with either the first name or the full name ("This is Reb Chaim Jacobs."; "Would you please help Reb Chaim?"). In formal written address, it is usually used along with the full name. It is never used with the surname alone.
When a man's name is unknown, he is often addressed as Reb Yid ("Mr Jew").
In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, when Tevye dreams of becoming rich and respected, he imagines everyone calling him "Reb Tevye".
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