WATCH: Leonard Nimoy Explains the Jewish Origins of Spock’s Salute

The actor who played the overly logical part-human, part-Vulcan Star Trek hero explains where he first encountered the famous gesture.

Leonard Nimoy, who played the overly logical part-human, part-Vulcan hero Spock on “Star Trek,” passed away Friday at the age of 83.

To quote Spock’s most famous recurring line, Nimoy certainly lived long and prospered.

Though he had a wide-ranging career that included acting on stage and screen, directing, and writing, Nimoy was (and will be) forever associated with Spock.

 

The character’s signature gesture, as most people with moderate pop culture knowledge know, was his split-finger Vulcan salute greeting.

The salute, which Nimoy devised himself, was taken from a Jewish prayer. The split-finger gesture represents the Hebrew letter shin.

In the New York Times video below, above, digs deeper into the salute’s Jewish origins