Since I had some annoying warnings with XeLaTeX and Polyglossia, I tried my luck with LuaLaTeX. Unfortunately Polyglossia simply returns a complaint in a warning:

Package polyglossia Warning: Hebrew is not supported with LuaTeX.

(Any ideas in comment are welcome to fix this!)

So I tried the bidi feature of babel:

\babelfont{rm}[Language=Default,Ligatures=TeX]{Times New Roman}
\babelfont{sf}[Language=Default]{Times New Roman}
\babelfont{tt}[Language=Default]{Courier New}
\babelfont[hebrew]{rm}[Script=Hebrew,Language=Default,Ligatures=TeX,Contextuals=Alternate]{SBL Hebrew}

Random text.

בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ׃

However, this way some diacritics are missing in Hebrew (in this case the dagesh in the shin):

Missing dagesh

How could I fix this strange mistake? I'm using MikTeX 2.9.7219 portable on Windows 7 64 bit, everything is updated as of 2 days ago.

The reason for using the Language=Default option:
Language 'Hebrew' not available for font 'DejaVu Sans' with script 'Hebrew'

The reason for defining serif and mono fonts even when not using it:
Why babel produce warnings about \rmfamily and \ttfamily with \babelfont

  • you probably will need a harfbuzz based engine. So either xelatex, or the experimental luahbtex along with a development version of luaotfload. Commented Oct 19, 2019 at 21:40
  • @Ulrike I'd need Lua for this: tex.stackexchange.com/a/13792/135685 Commented Oct 19, 2019 at 21:52
  • @Kazibácsi Maybe luatex-harfbuzz works for you
    – DG'
    Commented Oct 20, 2019 at 7:28
  • luahbtex has lua, it is luatex + harfbuzz library. In miktex there is also a harftex variant which is similar. But I don't know if the newest luaotfload code will still work with it - it is target against luahbtex. For a texlive system you can get luahbtex from w32tex.org. Commented Oct 20, 2019 at 10:03
  • @Ulrike Unfortunately I'm totally unfamiliar with Harfbuzz and its implementation. I was trying to google something, but couldn't find much on Windows. Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 16:11


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