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From the Archives: We come in "shalom"


We've been enjoying this "archival tidbit" thing a lot. (Less work for us! More facts for you! It's a win-win.) So this week, and this week only, you'll be getting not one but TWO factlets drawn from our books and back issues. Today's first archival tidbit comes from What's the Difference?

The split-fingered Vulcan salute from Star Trek is actually derived from an Orthodox Jewish ritual, the Blessing Hands used to anoint congregations on holy days. Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, who was raised in the Orthodox tradition, adapted the hand gesture for his role as Mr. Spock.