Hassidic Jews fashion a twelve-part challah called the Yud Bet, or in Hassidic pronunciation the Yud Bais challah. Twelve stands for the twelve tribes who descend from Jacobs’s twelve sons and also for the twelve angels surrounding the Heavenly throne.
While it is possible to fashion a Yud Bais by braiding twelve strands of dough, an easier method is to construct the loaf from twelve dough balls. Some people frame the balls with a thin rope of dough.
This recipe produces one large loaf, enough to serve 8 to 10 dinner guests.