Forward, Dec. 4, 2020
How do you make a Challah Prince?
Start with an Israeli born in Tel Aviv named Idan Chabasov, 35. Place him in Berlin with water, flour, yeast, sugar, and egg yolks. Mix with experience as a social media marketer. Add four years in art school in Tel Aviv specializing in animation. Leave to rise, isolated, during a coronavirus pandemic, allowing ample time and space for creative experiments with challah dough. And voila, or rather, challah — you get a challah-baking sensation with almost 25,000 Instagram followers.
But Chabasov has some special ingredients that make him stand out as arguably the most-watched challah baker on social media: He’s gay. He has a dozen tattoos all over his body, each representing a spiritual milestone in his life (“breathe” for his meditation phase, mystical Hebrew letters for his kabbalistic phase, and of course, a challah loaf). He reconciles his bad boy image with what he considers his most sacred ingredient: love for Judaism.
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