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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

#Spock of Star Trek Dies Obit notes that split-fingered salute is based on shin, 1st letter of a Hebrew name for God


“His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.”