Uri Orbach

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Uri Orbach
Date of birth(1960-03-28)28 March 1960
Place of birthPetah Tikva, Israel
Date of death16 February 2015(2015-02-16) (aged 54)
Place of deathJerusalem, Israel
Knessets18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2015The Jewish Home
Ministerial roles
2013–2015Minister of Pensioner Affairs

Uri Shraga Orbach (Hebrew: אורי שרגא אורבך‬; 28 March 1960 – 16 February 2015) was an Israeli Religious Zionist writer, journalist, and politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home party, and as Minister of Pensioner Affairs.


Orbach was born in Petah Tikva, Israel. He attended a Hesder yeshiva, and did his national service in Israel Defense Forces in the IDF Armored Corps, where he served as a Staff Sergeant. He later worked as a journalist, producing columns for Yedioth Ahronoth and serving as a co-host for the Army Radio mid-morning show 'The Last Word'. He also wrote several children's books, including Donkeys on the Roof and Other Stories, and a dictionary of Religious Zionist slang, My Grandfather Was a Rabbi, as well as founding and editing the popular Israeli children's magazines Otiot and Sukariot.

Prior to the 2009 elections, he joined the Jewish Home. Following a split in the party, in which several members left to re-establish the National Union party, he was placed third on the party's list,[1] and entered the Knesset as it won three seats. For the 2013 elections, he was placed sixth on the Jewish Home list,[2] retaining his seat as the party won 12 seats. He was appointed Minister of Pensioner Affairs on 18 March 2013.

Orbach lived in Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut with his wife and four children.

In January 2015, he took a leave of absence from politics for health reasons, to battle a chronic hematologic disease. In February 2015, his condition took a turn for the worse, and he died in the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on 16 February 2015.[3][4] His seat in the Knesset was taken by Hillel Horowitz.


  1. ^ Jewish Home Knesset website (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Jewish Home blames Likud for leaking Gimpel video Times of Israel, 20 January 2013
  3. ^ Ex-Jewish Home minister Uri Orbach dies at 54 Times of Israel, 16 February 2015
  4. ^ Bayit Yehudi minister Uri Orbach dies at 54

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