Contributed by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis
"[Holy] Beasts." Angelic entities that pull the divine chariot. Formed of fire and light, they sing praises to God, but also have flaming breath that is a threat to other angels. They can smell when a living human enters the precincts of heaven.1
The Chayot, or Chayot Ha Kodesh, are ranked first in Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, fourth in the Zohar, and first in the Reshit Chochmah.
- Singer, Isidore; Adler, Cyrus; et al. 1901-1906. Jewish Encyclopedia. 12 Vols. New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company.