Bayit Yehudi’s Orbach remembered for his wit and ideals

When Pensioners Affairs Minister Uri Orbach went into critical condition Sunday evening, his doctors did not expect him to make it through the night – but Orbach loved upending people’s expectations.

Orbach died at age 54 on Monday in Shaare Tzedek Medical Center of a chronic blood disease. He left behind his wife Michal and four children.

A bespectacled man of slight build with a thick mustache and knitted kippah, Orbach never looked like he could pack as hard a punch as he did whenever he took the podium, but words were both his weapon and his plaything. He had an unparalleled ability to string them together in a way that was simultaneously entertaining and effective.


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