Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Jewish Themes in Star Trek is finally available

It's been years since Rabbi Yonassan Gershom first posted online about his work in progress. I mentioned it in my blog five years ago and it wasn't new then. Gershom was looking for a publisher, and eventually decided to self-publish. It's available now at lulu.com. I'll be ordering it soon. Here's the back cover copy:
Your unauthorized guide to the Jewish future!

Rabbi Gershom boldly takes you where few Trekkers have gone before!

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Jewish Themes in Star Trek, a well-researched and reader-friendly journey into Jewish themes, actors, writers, in-jokes and subtexts in the Star Trek Universe. Inspired by a class he taught at the Minneapolis Talmud Torah, the book explores such things as:

The Jewish origin of the Vulcan salute

How Vulcan culture is based on rabbinical Judaism

"Who is a Jew" in episodes, movies and novels

How Talmudic logic and rabbinic thinking helped expand the Star Trek universe

Plus: proof positive that the Ferengi were based on Yankee traders, not the Jews!


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