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.



  1. Midrash Konen.


  • Singer, Isidore; Adler, Cyrus; et al. 1901-1906. Jewish Encyclopedia. 12 Vols. New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company.