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"A Diaspora Character if ever there was one" [Jun. 5th, 2009|09:15 pm]
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations
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The origins of Spock as the "Other", the "Outsider" and the Vulcan salute:

As an agnosto-atheist, the whole idea of the essence of god thing doesn't really do it for me.
However, I come from a family of Kohanim (the Priest tribe of the Jewish people) and the one time a year I do attend shul (synagogue) it's to hear and sing "Kol Nidrei" and to see my father and brother bless the congregation.
The shul my family attends isn't Orthodox, it's very egalitarian(1) - women wear kippah and tallitot, etc.

Everything Leonard Nimoy said there, I find it rings so true to the way I perceive Judaism, though not the kind that I ever experienced, nor do I think will I ever, considering where I am from and the fact that one must believe.
Which, as I've mentioned, I do not.
Like Roddenberry, I'd consider myself a Humanist, despite the problematic history of that word, but I'm a bit too Jewish for that so I like this(2) more than anything else.

(1)Though not enough for daughters of Kohanim to be able to go up to the Bimah and bless the congregation.
(2)Humanistic Judaism

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[User Picture]From: miriampenguin
2009-06-06 01:15 am (UTC)
There's something about the Kohen's blessing that just cuts through everything, starting from that first calling out of yvorechecha.

I attend an Orthodox shul - and my ears perked up the first time I heard him say 'shul' because I've primarily heard that in reference to Orthodoxy... e.g., a Reform Temple, a Conservative Synagogue, and an Orthodox Shul - although I see you using 'shul' there, so perhaps it's more of a stereotype than I thought.

From what I've seen of the community so far, I suspect that I'm in the minority (ha!) in that I do believe in G-d, though perhaps there are more that are lurkers.

So far, I've primarily been observing - many of the ideas discussed here are outside of my experience, and so rather than end up with my foot in my mouth, I wait until there's something that I feel comfortable commenting on.

To that end, you might be interested in http://www.trekjews.com/ - it's about Jewish connections/ideas in Star Trek, and the articles are written by a Chassidic Rabbi.
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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-06-06 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link!
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From: eumelia
2009-06-06 09:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link!

Nimoy on numerous occasions has spoken about growing up Orthodox, though I'm not sure he would be considered the favourite child of Orthodoxy considering some of his projects, especially his Shekhina project (NSFW - contains nudity), which I think is great and beutiful, but know would be offensive to others.
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