PORTLAND, OREGON -- A prominent Portland researcher this week announced a breakthrough in treating an ailment that has long afflicted Jews during the eight days of Passover. 

Dr. Chaim Yankel says his discovery offers effective treatment for Challamentis, which typically strikes as early as the first seder and  is characterized by a subtle yearning for leavened products, particularly challah. Yankel described the condition as “inescapable” for many Jews. “In the most severe cases, I’ve seen challahmentis set in as early as the Four Questions,” Yankel said. “When they realize they must forego challah for eight days, they begin to think about the first piece of challah they’re going to eat after the holiday.”

Dr. Yankel said his research indicates that Challahmentis affects nearly 82 percent of all Jews. “By the fifth day of Passover, everyone who is going to be affected is thinking constantly about challah.” He said that those who already follow a gluten-free diet are less likely to develop symptoms. “In our study, most in the gluten-free community don’t think about challah during the rest of the year, so they seem to have a natural immunity to Challahmentis.”

Yankel, who has studied Challahmentis for 36 years, said the cure is simple: order two challah and call him in the morning. “I’ve found that placing an order for challah to be delivered to your home the first Friday after Passover is up to 96.18% efficacious in defeating the disease.”

While many challah options are available, Yankel said the most effective challah comes from The Challahman ( “Your store-bought challah is difficult to order in advance, but The Challahman makes it so easy. You can head to their website and be assured that you will have delicious, fresh, kosher challah delivered to your doorstep next Friday. That process puts people at ease, and their Challahmentis symptoms subside nearly immediately.”

Yankel said the 3.82% for whom ordering from The Challahman brings no relief suffer from an acute form of the disease known as Omnichallahmentis, which causes them to think about challah constantly, every day of the year. “For the victims of Omnichallahmentis, I’m afraid there may be no cure in sight,” Yankel said, “but I can think of worse diseases to have.”

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