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December 28, 2017
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
וַיָּבֹ֜אוּ עַד־גֹּ֣רֶן הָאָטָ֗ד אֲשֶׁר֙ בְּעֵ֣בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן וַיִּ֨סְפְּדוּ־שָׁ֔ם מִסְפֵּ֛ד גָּד֥וֹל וְכָבֵ֖ד מְאֹ֑ד וַיַּ֧עַשׂ לְאָבִ֛יו אֵ֖בֶל שִׁבְעַ֥ת יָמִֽים׃
When they came to Goren ha-Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they held there a very great and solemn lamentation; and he observed a mourning period of seven days for his father.
The kings of Canaan came to Yaakov’s funeral while the princes of Yishmael tried to prevent the burial.
When the princes saw Yosef’s crown on the coffin they changed their minds and added their own crowns onto it.
A total of 36 crowns were laid on Yaakov’s coffin resembling a field of thorns.
Hence, the name given to that area was Goren Aatad/The field of thorns.
(Sotah 13a, Rashi)
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