On Sun, 14 Jan 2001 10:56:34 +0900 Yoon Ha Lee <[log in to unmask]>
> BTW, thanks for the aleph-writing lesson. <smacking self on head>
> Intellectually, I *know* (unless I'm badly mistaken again) Hebrew is
> right-to-left, but I always *forget* that when I'm trying to write
> thing. Very helpful. :-) <much enlightened look> D'you happen to
> where the broad/thin strokes come from? They look quite lovely, but
> don't look quite calligraphic and I'm at a loss as to how they're
> unless it's a typeset-font thing.
Hmm... i think it depends what font is being used to write the letters.
I know that in the 'font' used for scribing Torah scrolls there are thin
and thick lines... something to do with the quill used to write it, i
think. Checking the Hebrew fonts i have on my computer, whenever a
thin/thick line distinction is made, it's always the horizontal lines
that are thick. The most striking exception to this rule is the font
called "Odd Font", fittingly enough :-) .
So the broad/thin strokes are probably descended from quill-style
"ma natata li, nagid? ma yesh li itekha?
lo' `avar velo' `atid, ani lo' tzrikha otkha..."
~ Sarit Hhadad, "Yam Shel Ahava"