[PW] ? Earliest Use of "Live Long and Prosper" (Quotation Query #740)

Dennis Cunniff dcunniff at bellatlantic.net
Tue Feb 16 15:33:46 PST 2016

> On Feb 16, 2016, at 6:20 PM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:
> Given that Leonard Nimoy (may he rest in peace) was an observant Jew, it's not a surprise that the quote originally can be found in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

The “Live long and Prosper” phrase came to the world of Star Trek in “Amok Time”, but it doesn’t appear in the original teleplay. It was added in by someone on set. Likely Nimoy.

Nimoy said in interviews and in his autobiography that he originated the hand gesture that accompanies the phrase based on the Shin gesture used by the Kohanim during the nesiat kapayim, which he remembered from his upbringing.

An interview is viewable at the Washington Post site: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2015/02/27/the-jewish-roots-of-leonard-nimoy-and-live-long-and-prosper/>

- Dennis J. Cunniff

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