While shooting Carpati we went to a few Jewish cemeteries. (In some towns, unfortunately, this is all that remains today of a once vibrant and beautiful Jewish life.) On one of the gravestones we found this:
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As a child he saw the Cohen (certain men in any Jewish synogogue are the "Cohen") blessing the congregation by raising their hands together in an interesting way. This hand gesture became a part of Nimoy's character in Star Trek.
Nimoy says that much of Spock's alien identity -- not just the hand gesture -- came from an Orthodox Jewish upbringing in Boston.
Spock, who existed in a kind of diaspora because he belonged nowhere, was comfortable neither on earth nor on Vulcan.
"Mr. Spock is a character of dignity and a good role model," Nimoy says, "and I have no problem being him."
I included the first shot above in Carpati... if only as a private laugh for those who know this fact about Jewish life...
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