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Moses holding up the Ten Commandments

The Hebrew language was spoken in Israel and by Jews on Earth.

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Hebrew text (top-center) in the standard greeting sent by Rain Robinson to the USS Voyager

In 1996, a standard greeting containing Hebrew text was transmitted by Rain Robinson to the unknown object she had detected in orbit. The single word of Hebrew read peace, a standard salutation. (VOY: "Future's End")

While the word is intended to be שָׁלוֹם (shalom), it was misspelled as שׂלוֹם (solom).

An image of Moses holding the Ten Commandments was stored in the USS Enterprise library computer. The text on the tablets was written in Hebrew and read "You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (TOS: "The Cage" remastered)


Background information

  • The title of TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?" is partially derived from Hebrew, Adonais being a Hebrew word for God.
  • The planet Zeon of TOS: "Patterns of Force" also appears to be a play on the Hebrew word "Zion", which is a Hebrew word that can refer to either Jerusalem or the Jewish people. As well, its known inhabitants, Isak, Abrom, and Davod all have Hebrew names. This serves to strengthen the episode's intentional parallel between the people of Zeon and oppression of Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
  • Most of the biblical names referenced throughout Star Trek are of Hebrew origin, and most are plays on Hebrew words. These include Adam and Eve, Daniel, David, Gabriel, Jonah, Moses, Methuselah, and Solomon.
  • The Vulcan salute was devised by Leonard Nimoy based on a hand gesture used in some Jewish rituals. The hand gesture, in turn, aims to mimic the Hebrew letter "shin" to represents the name Shaddai (God).

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