Thursday, December 10

Triplets Join Israel Air Force

Note: Sam Orbaum and I were colleagues and friends at The Jerusalem Post newspaper. Before my own triplet children were born 16-years ago, my then wife and I visited with Sam and his wife, Wendy (Elliman) to see what raising triplets was like. We learned a lot from their experience and commonsense child rearing.

You did good, Sam, and I, and so many others, miss you. May your soul rest in peace, and derive nachat from this:

Odelia, Nomi, and Donna Orbaum

Excerpt from The Jerusalem Post:

"'The concept of 'one for all and all for one' can get pretty absurd,'wrote the late columnist Sam Orbaum about his identical triplet daughters 14 years ago.

Orbaum, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 46, wrote about life as a father of identical triplets.

Not only did he sometimes mix them up, Orbaum wrote in his well-known wry, comic style, but he was also constantly impressed by their tight bond - when for example they stood up for one another in fights in the school sandbox.

The three blond 19-year-old sisters are still sticking up for one another, although this time not on the playground but in the IDF Air Corps, in which they all enlisted a few months ago, making history.

Odelia, the oldest (born a minute before her two sisters), serves as a control officer ; Nomi is an air traffic controller; and Donna is currently in training for a different position. All three plan on attending the IDF's pestigious Office Candidate Course and extending their service for at least an additional year.

Nomi Orbaum says, "[Serving In the IDF ] is what characterizes the state."

"He supported us in everything we did until he passed away when we were 12," Donna said on how their father would feel about their serving in the IDF . "This is the seventh year since he passed away and I think about him all the time and see his smile and know that he would have been proud of us."

More about Sam here


The Old Geezer said...

May God Bless and Protect these three girls.
I posted this to my blog with a link back to yours.

Jacob Richman said...

I knew Sam Orbaum z"l from the Scrabble Club that I used to go to in Jerusalem. He was a very nice guy. I read his book and it is great to see how the three girls
grew up. Sam did good.
Thank you very much for posting this article and the photo.

I will forward the link to others.

A Soldier's Mother said...

I didn't know Sam Orbaum...except in the hysterical posts he made each week in the Jerusalem Post. He was one of the few writers who could literally make me laugh out loud. I still have some of his articles.

When he passed away, I felt the world had lost a special star...thanks for this post - seeing his beautiful daughters grow into such lovely ladies, make me think Sam's star still shines so brightly.

Thanks so much for sharing this information, the picture - and thanks to the girls...young women, for growing into such beauties...not just outside, but inside too. May they always remain close and bonded. To a mother of one soldier and soon to be two...we are so proud of you and thank you for your service.

Ben said...

I was a great fan of Sam's articles in the Jerusalem Post. I was shocked to hear of his death. His daughters have grown up to be fine ladies and are doing the country proud. This is Ben from Israeli Uncensored News

Anonymous said...

Wow. Thanks for this writeup on Sam and his family. I used to love reading him in the Jerusalem Post. I agreed with almost everything he said and he was absolutely brilliant and hilarious. I had the good fortune to meet him a few times in the last years of his life but was still shocked when he died. I wish his daughters and his family all the very best.

You know, I even have an article of his up on a website that I put up for some friends of mine who have an open home in Yerushalayim (the Machlis family). You can read the article here For the Joy of Judaism . As with everything else he wrote, Same was touching, funny, moving and intelligent all at the same time. He's still missed.


P.S. Dave, I'll email you an article that I recently published about the Machlises as well. Sam's is undoubtedly superior but I think you'll like reading it and your readers likely would as well.


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