Chazal state that the word Cheruv (Cherub) comes from ravya ("infant" in Aramaic). Hence, coupled with the prepositional letter chaf, meaning "like," the word Cherub means "infant-like."

In accordance with this, Abarbanel, in one of his explanations, states that the Cherubs had the form of two small children, innocent and without blemish, one male and the other female. He further explains that these Cherubs allude to the fact that every man and woman is obligated from youth to cling to Torah and Mitzvot-- the Bible and its laws.