Rabbi Yonassan Gershom takes a look at the Jewish origins of Spock’s Vulcan salute which debuted in the Star Trek episode “Amok Time”.
The Vulcan greeting is based upon a blessing gesture used by the kohanim (koe-hah-NEEM) during the worship service. The kohanim are the genealogical descendants of the Jewish priests who served in the Jerusalem Temple.
Rabbi Gershom runs the website
TrekJews.com and has written a book on “Jewish Themes in Star Trek”.
Archive of American Television interview Leonard Nimoy explains how he created the Vulcan salute for Star Trek which came from his Jewish heritage.
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