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.