Nehemia Hassid

Then the commander had an idea – why not hold the wedding on Mount Scopus, and celebrate the finishing of the mine-clearing work as well?

In 1967 Nehemia Hassid was a university student and his fiancée, Sarah was a soldier, serving as a kindergarten teacher in Be’er Sheva. The couple, both from Moshav Herut, were to be married in July that year, and they invited the entire Moshav, as was customary at the time. Towards the end of April Hassid was called up for reserve duty in the engineering corps, and when the war ended his regiment was stationed in Jerusalem in order to clear the mines from the border and Mount Scopus.

The work was hard, dangerous and long and the wedding date was getting closer. Hassid turned to his regimental commander and asked to be released for the wedding, but the commander refused because there was too much work left to be done. Then the commander had an idea – why not hold the wedding on Mount Scopus, and celebrate the finishing of the mine-clearing work as well? The date was set for July 19th, the commander promised that the IDF would bring all the Moshav members to the wedding, and the invitations were sent out.  The invitations were signed by the IDF, the regiment and last, by their parents.

The wedding became a big event with many attending, among them celebrities. Shuli Natan was to sing “Jerusalem of Gold” and Orna Porat agreed to host the evening. On the morning of the wedding a message arrived that an army van was overturned by a land mine near Anatot. Hassid, who was one of the only soldiers who weren’t busy on a military mission, was sent with two other soldiers to deal with what appeared to be a trap. They still managed to defuse the mines, return to Jerusalem and get ready for the wedding on time.

This year, for their 50th anniversary, Sarah and Nehemia intend to recreate their wedding event.