atzei chayim pl. n. (ah-TSAY khigh-YEEM) Literally, “trees of life.” The poles to which a scroll is attached. The ends of the poles, which are generally made of wood or , protrude to serve as handles for lifting and carrying the Torah and rolling it to the next section of text.

  1. plural noun

Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish and life-cycle events, culture, , the and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (10). , : Jewish Publication Society.

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