A crown of thorns at Thorn Farm

If you're curious as to the meaning of אטד in this week's parshe (its only appearance in the Chumash) you might do worse than look at this Wikipedia article (in Hebrew, I'm afraid). Remember though that the Ivrit meaning of the word is not the same as its Biblical meaning. Don't forget the midrash which explains the curious name of the place at which Jacob was mourned (Thorn Farm, or גורן אטד) by saying that the descendants of Esau, Ishmael, and Keturah festooned his casket with crowns as a farm is ringed with thorns.

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