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Defined by our similarities and our differences


A very special wedding
Uri Avnery Social activist
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[Q] Did you get married?


[Q] Did you get married?

No, we did not want to get married. I didn't want to and she also did not particularly want to. Until her father, who was a pediatrician, was dying. So her father bought us our first apartment, not this one, the previous one, on Hayarkon Street. But we said to ourselves: 'We will give him a gift before he dies, so that he'll know his daughter is settled'.  So we got married. It was a really special wedding. There was a rabbi, on Pinsker Street, No 2 or No 4, near Mugrabi, who conducted weddings at his house. So we arranged for 5:00 pm, I believe. We went there. There was a wedding before ours. We borrowed the quorum from the previous wedding, we borrowed a ring from the rabbi's wife, and what else did we need? That's how we got married. And from then on Rachel kept my calendar. There it says: '5:00 - wedding; 6:00 - by Shmuel Tamir'. And we went straight from there for one of our consultations with Tamir. I wrote a chapter about our relationship in the second volume of my reminiscences which should appear in two or three months,. What I can say is just one sentence: this match was very successful, because we were totally opposite.


לא רצינו להתחתן. אני לא רציתי וגם היא לא במיוחד רצתה. עד שאביה, שהיה רופא ילדים, הלך למות. אז אביה קנה לנו קודם דירה, לא זאת, הקודמת, בהירקון. אבל אמרנו לעצמנו: "נעשה לו מתנה לפני שימות, שיידע שהבת שלו מסודרת”. אז התחתנו. זאת הייתה חתונה מיוחדת במינה. היה רב, ברחוב פינסקר 2 או 4, ליד מוגרבי, שעשה חתונות אצלו בבית. אז אנחנו קבענו בחמש אחרי הצהריים נדמה לי. הלכנו לשם. הייתה חתונה קודמת. שאלנו מניין מהחתונה הקודמת, שאלנו טבעת מאשת הרב, ומה עוד היינו זקוקים? ככה התחתנו. ורחל שמרה על לוח השנה שלי מאותו יום. שם כתוב: "5 – חתונה; 6 – אצל שמואל תמיר.” והלכנו משם ישר לאחת ההתייעצויות עם תמיר. על היחסים שלנו אני כתבתי  פרק בכרך השני, שצריך להופיע בעוד חודשיים-שלושה, של הזכרונות שלי. מה שאני יכול להגיד, משפט אחד: זה היה זיווג מאוד מוצלח, מפני שהיינו הפכים מוחלטים.‏

Uri Avnery (1923-2018) was an Israeli writer, journalist and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement. As a teenager, he joined the Zionist paramilitary group, Irgun. Later, Avnery was elected to the Knesset from 1965 to 1974 and from 1979 to 1981. He was also the editor-in-chief of the weekly news magazine, 'HaOlam HaZeh' from 1950 until it closed in 1993. He famously crossed the lines during the Siege of Beirut to meet Yasser Arafat on 3 July 1982, the first time the Palestinian leader ever met with an Israeli. Avnery was the author of several books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including '1948: A Soldier's Tale, the Bloody Road to Jerusalem' (2008); 'Israel's Vicious Circle' (2008); and 'My Friend, the Enemy' (1986).

Listeners: Anat Saragusti

Anat Saragusti is a film-maker, book editor and a freelance journalist and writer. She was a senior staff member at the weekly news magazine Ha'olam Hazeh, where she was prominent in covering major events in Israel. Uri Avnery was the publisher and chief editor of the Magazine, and Saragusti worked closely with him for over a decade. With the closing of Ha'olam Hazeh in 1993, Anat Saragusti joined the group that established TV Channel 2 News Company and was appointed as its reporter in Gaza. She later became the chief editor of the evening news bulletin. Concurrently, she studied law and gained a Master's degree from Tel Aviv University.

Tags: Shmuel M Tamir, Rachel Avnery

Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2015

Date story went live: 11 May 2017