10 December 2009

IDF Women

Orbaum triplets serving in IDF Air Corps

Odelia, Nomi, and Donna Orbaum

"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."

All of Israel is proud of the Orbaum Triplets!

Sam Orbaum memorial website here

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Batya said...

Oh, my, he was such an amazing writer. May his daughters do him proud.

Anonymous said...

How the hell do you get a tradition of service to a country started like you portray on your site. I`m a Canadian and I wish we had young people entering our forces like Israel has. Hell if we only had 25 percent of the great looking young ladies in our services that you show we would be turning male volunteers away.

Ron Russell said...

The triplets seem to be great patiots and I know the value Israel puts on each of those serving in the IDF. Although I am not Jewish I followed the progress of Israel since the mid 1950's and kept track of all the wars since the Suez War and was always amazed how well Israel did against overwhelming odds. I am concerned about the Iranian threat in the middle east and hope the problem will be dealth with soon in a decisive way. Thanks for linking to TOTUS, I've returned the favor. Oh yes, I will call the IDF women from now on and not girls!


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