Orbaum had so much to live for! His lovely triplet daughters
delighted him. He would have loved to savour their teen years, their
growth to adulthood, and all the joyous events that would enhance their
lives. Sam was not prepared to leave them. He wasn't ready to
abandon his career as a book author and as a Jerusalem Post columnist,
nor would he have been keen to give up his directorship
of the Jerusalem Scrabble Club. Sam wasn't ready to say goodbye to his
parents, his sisters, extended family, and his many friends and fans
all over the world. He was my nephew and my good friend. I
was certainly not ready to say goodbye to Sam.
following is an excerpt from Sam's website.
"On December 9, 2002, Sam Orbaum lost his long and valiant battle with
cancer. Who was Sam Orbaum? He was something different to every one of
the thousands he touched. He was a writer, whose special voice resonated
from the pages of The Jerusalem Post and his books to tell people around
the world what it was really like to live in Israel. He was the
wordsmith who co-founded the Jerusalem Scrabble Club, reputed to be the
largest such club in the world. He was the father who landed a triple
score, blessed with identical triplet girls who were his proudest
achievement in a short life marked by so much accomplishment. He was the
cynic, the comic, the fighter, the friend. Read Sam's
works: Through them he lives on and continues to touch and change lives."
These photos were taken in Sam's
Jerusalem home (2000)
are two photos - one of Sam with his gleesome threesome,
Donna, Nomi and Odelia. the photo on the right is of the girls
with their Mom, Wendy. I confess that, because these three
delightful girls are
so alike in appearance, and because I haven't had the joy of spending
enough time with them, I could never tell who's who!
Here are the girls in 2007
and an amazing glamour-shot in 2011!