I was wondering, what if there actually was a way to produce kashida-like typography in Hebrew in LaTeX. Not necessary as paragraph text, even as an image (nobody prints books like that to the best of my knowledge, but just for ethnographic exercise it would be nice).

To give you a sense of what it may look like: a traditional hand-written text:

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A (not so modern font, this one however was cast in lead, of that I'm sure) reminiscent of this feature:

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  • Related: How to typeset a complex layout like a page of the Talmud? (duplicate?) – Alan Munn Jan 1 '15 at 19:10
  • @AlanMunn mmmm no :) This isn't about layout, it's about elongated letters (Hebrew, like Arabic can be written in such way that emphasized letters have their horizontal bars stretched). This doesn't really have use in modern language, but if you wanted to write something that looks traditional, that would be the way to do it. – wvxvw Jan 1 '15 at 19:21
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    afaik it is only permissible to elongate the letters א, ד, ה, כ, ל, ם, ר, ת. Unicode has them as HEBREW LETTER WIDE ALEF etc on FB21--FB28. So it would be possible to use these to a mock the handwriting style. But as your scans show, this is only a crude simplification of the actual tradition and a more flexible solution would be needed. – Florian May 26 '16 at 18:54
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    The Culmus Project has the wide letters of which Florian speaks in its Frank Ruehl CLM, Hadasim CLM, Keter Aram Tsova, Keter YG, Shofar Regular, and Simple CLM, which define a jalt feature for Hebrew justification alternates. One can imagine a font with a range of widths selected through stylistic sets, but it seems not to exist yet. Wide Hebrew letters are found in very few commercial fonts, and often the encoding is wrong, such that the text would be inaccessible. – Thérèse Jul 5 '16 at 1:05
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    A different approach is to develop a similar package to this tug.org/TUGboat/tb35-3/tb111haralambous.pdf, which is for arabic. – Yiannis Lazarides Oct 17 '17 at 5:07

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