[OS X TeX] hebrew?

David Derbes loki at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 11 06:37:14 EDT 2010

I'm writing a do it yourself physics book. Occasionally I like to put in quotes from non-Latin languages. Here's a method that works for me, using babel. 

\documentclass[10 pt]{letter}  
\addtolength{\textwidth}{140 pt}
\addtolength{\evensidemargin}{-70 pt}
\addtolength{\oddsidemargin}{-70 pt}

Imagine an astronomical object so massive and so compact that even \emph{light} is too slow to leave the object's surface; for this object, $v_{\text{esc}} \ge c$. Presumably it would be \emph{invisible}. Such an object is called a \textbf{black hole}. The term was popularized by John A. Wheeler of Princeton around 1967, who is often credited with its invention; the Russian relativists originally called these objects \selectlanguage{russian}застывшие зв\"{е}зды\selectlanguage{english} (\emph{zast\'{y}vshiye zvy\'{o}zdy}), \textbf{frozen stars}, for reasons that will have to wait a bit.

The Greek historian Plutarch (46-120 CE) relates that before the wreath investigation, Archimedes had boasted to his cousin the king that if he had another earth to stand upon, with a long enough lever, he could move this earth. The claim is usually written in Greek as \selectlanguage{greek}\textporson{D'os moi po~u st~w ka`i kin~w t`hn g~hn} \selectlanguage{english}
(\emph{Dos moi pou st\={o} kai kin\={o} t\={e}n g\={e}n}: Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.)


I assume something similar will work for Hebrew or Arabic or other alphabets. Alternatively you can use XeLaTeX and the fontspec package. (I entered the Cyrillic after going to "Language & Text" in System Preferences, then "Input Sources". You can specify which alphabet/keyboard you want to use. There are two different Hebrew keyboard layouts.)

Hope this helps.

David Derbes
U of Chicago Laboratory Schools

On Jun 10, 2010, at 3:36 PM, Art Werschulz wrote:

> Hi.
> I have a *very* small amount of Hebrew that I would like to include in a book.  I will be working on both a Mac and a Linux system (installed from TeXLive 2008).  The latter suggests that I may not be able to do anything that involves (say) Macintosh Hebrew fonts.
> What's the easiest way of doing this?
> Many thanks.
> Art Werschulz
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