Among the thousands of military reservists recently called up for duty in Israel were Uri Mintzer and Elinor Yosefin, who decided to hold an impromptu wedding ceremony on Sunday night before reporting to their respective units.
The young couple were traveling in Thailand when Hamas surprised Israel with a devastating attack on Saturday. They quickly rushed home.
“I’ve thought about this moment thousands of times, but I never imagined it like this,” said Mintzer.
“I fully hope that we’ll be able to soon have a full wedding like we want. I’ve been blessed to fall in love with my best friend, and she is my past, present and future,” he added.
The couple exchanged vows in the presence of only their parents, a rabbi and a small group of well-wishers under a traditional wedding canopy in Shoham in central Israel.
Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said on Monday that 300,000 reservists have been mobilized for duty in the past 48 hours.
The IDF “has never mobilized so many reservists so quickly—300,000 reservists in 48 hours,” Hagari said.
Rabbi David Stav, who officiated the wedding, said, “It’s not every day that a couple gets married on the eve of going off to war, and this marriage is proof of the strength of this couple in their relationship and a demonstration of their love for each other, their country and the Jewish nation.”
The rabbi added, “Our sincerest prayer is that the home they will be building will house them for many years to come. And even while this was a very small wedding, we hope and pray that with God’s help when they both safely return we will be able to rejoice in a large gathering with many friends and family.”