Feb 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy has passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Unsurprisingly, the news is full of stories about him and his colourful legacy. I vividly remember Mr. Nimoy for his role as human/alien Spock in the TV and movie series, Star Trek. But while I enjoyed watching the Start Trek movies and TV shows, I never considered myself to be a hardcore “Trekkie” or “Trekker”. In fact, just recently, I was surprised to learn the true story behind Mr. Spock’s live long and prosper hand gesture.
Who would have thought that Leonard Nimoy, who play the iconic character Spock in the Star Trek saga and is famous all over the world for holding up his hand with his fingers split in the middle and saying “live long and prosper”, is using the same hand gesture that a Jewish rabbi used in a blessing ceremony that Nimoy witnessed earlier in his life.
FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE?
Watch this video and listen to Mr. Nimoy, as he tells this story in his own words.
Could tens of millions of “Trekkies” all over the world be blessing each other unknowingly for all these years?
Live long and prosper!