Rachel, daughter of Ya’acov and Rivka, was born on April 15, 1916 in Jerusalem. Her mother was seventh generation to the Chasin family, GERA descendents. Of eleven children, Rachel was seventh. Her mother, managed a religious household, yet open and enlightened. Her father directed the “Me’ah-Sha’arim” Yeshiva. She graduated “Shpitzer” elementary school and “Mizrahi Teachers’ Seminary”.
In 1930-1934, she joined the nationalist youth then ‘Brit- Habiryonim’. At age 17 she participated in removing the Nazi flag from the German Consulate Jerusalem. She resisted the British population survey intended to justify their policies limiting Jewish immigration arrival. At 18, she was asked to testify in Chayim Dviri’s trial (future husband), charged with belonging to ‘Brit- Habiryonim’. Rachel refused, writing a letter to the judge. He demanded she answer questions or go to jail. She was made to sign a deposit to attend regional court, but did not go to court. She left Jerusalem and hid with Kfar-Tavor supporters. Rachel returned to study at “Hamizrahi” Seminary, which favoured the nationalists.
Completing exams, she worked as a kindergarten teacher at Rosh-Pina. She helped transporting illegal immigrants from the northern border to Rosh-Pina, and dispersing them throughout the country. In 1935 she joined Etzel. She moved to Tel-Aviv 1937, and married Chaim Dviri, first political prisoner in the country. After the split she joined Lehi with her husband. Due to his constant activity, she experienced many hardships, and started teaching in the secular education system, in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Haifa.
Because Chaim was under constant surveillance, imprisoned frequently, she was not directly active in the underground, to avoid additional persecution. For 40 years she worked teaching. Rachel wrote a children’s play, “Grandfather Time” and an adult play “Upon the Fringes of your Glory, Liberty”. She directed Metterling’s “Blue Bird” and the play “David the King in the Cave”. She published a book of poetry, “I did not walk in Paths”, and poems in the newspapers “Ma’ariv”, “Ha’uma. Today she works with pensioners of the Teachers’ Association. Rachel and Chaim have a daughter and son plus four grandchildren who work with Computers and Art.