Hebrew Garamond equivalent

YaelKrieger's picture


Im looking for a hebrew typeface that looks similar to Garamond italic.

I think a cursive heberw would be better then a block hebrew since it has a more delicate informal style.

Let me know if you have any ideas :)


bowfinpw's picture

I am not Jewish, but I don't think that it makes sense to compare Garamond italic with Hebrew letters. I did search for 'cursive Hebrew' and came up with this font by Dennis Ortiz-Lopez, who also has a Hebrew name.

- Mike Yanega

YaelKrieger's picture

Hi, Thanks.

Yea I guess you cant compare the fonts. But I just want a hebrew font with low contrast similar to Garamond.

There is a more formal style hebrew used for books etc. and there is an informal handwritten style of hebrew.
See first two pictures on this site for the difference: http://www.jerusalem-insiders-guide.com/hebrew-alphabet-chart.html

I found a formal hebrew script that sort of jives with Garamond. (If you have free time watch this, its interesting: http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/58585/letters-lost-and-found/

But Im looking for a handwritten style hebrew with a low contrast.

If you know of any let me know :)

William Berkson's picture

I think you are going to have a very hard time matching old style latin italics with any Hebrew. There are three basic problems: one is that there is no Hebrew script with semi-connecting strokes like those in italic. The second one is that traditionally Hebrew is not slanted in the direction of italic, but a bit the other way in hand written scripts. The third is that even the informal hand, ketav yad, has reversed contrast compared to latin.

If you can find something to work, kol hakavod, but I'll be surprised.

If you match a roman style with the formal Hebrew square script it is still hard, but doable. "Sans" in the two languages can work, as can two relatively low contrast faces.

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