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Live Long and Prosper
by Mike Keating on Tuesday, 3rd of March 2015

Trekkies around the world are in mourning with the news that Spock has finally died. To be more accurate, Leonard Nimoy, whose portrayal of "Star Trek's" logic-driven, half-human science officer Spock and made him an iconic figure to generations, died Friday. He was 83.


According to his granddaughter, Madeleine Nimoy, the cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 


It is fascinating that Nimoy struggled with the fame and typecasting of his successful role. Our sense of identity is so important to our wellbeing that it really does define us. His first book was called “I am NOT Spock” generated a lot of bad press for Nimoy who was simply trying to state the obvious. It all came about from an innocent incident when Nimoy is stopped by a mother and little girl in an airport and the mum introduces the daughter with the words, “Say Hello to Spock”. Nimoy courteously reminded them both that he plays the part of a character and that he is just a human actor called Leonard.


We will miss him. Nimoy was influenced greatly by his Jewish heritage and developed the Vulvan salute from an experience he had in the synagogue. In effect, the salute is an Aaronic Blessing, where the hand makes the symbol of the Hebrew letter for “S” – standing for the peace or SHALOM of God.


See the video where Nimoy explains the origins of the Vulcan salute.



If you would like a translation of the Hebrew word ‘Shalom” … well guess what …


Live long and prosper


- Ps Mike