Binder, Bound, and the Mizbeyach

$3,031   raised
GOAL: $2,600

55

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The Akedah

Have you ever tried to put yourself in Abraham’s shoes as he ties up his son because the Divine asked him to sacrifice his “only son, the one that you love?” So many have! Kirkegaard, Buber, Martin Luther! Even artists such as Ghiberti. But one interpretation caught me in my tracks.

I thought I’d read and heard so many. What was Abraham thinking? Was he going to do it? Was he acting on absolute or blind faith? I started to feel a bit, well, numb to the different angles and ideas people used to understand the story.

That is, until I heard Et Shaare Ratson.

Who Wrote Et Shaare Ratson?

Et Shaare Ratson is a liturgical poem, a piyyut, written by Rabbi Yehuda ben Shmuel ibn Abbas in the 12th century. His poem tells the story of the Binding of Isaac, but right in the middle the narration switches from Abraham to Isaac. From father to son.

As many people recount, Isaac at first does not know what is happening. “Where is the sheep?” he asks his father. Some interpretations leave it at that, but not At Shaare Ratson.

A Surprising Twist

In this retelling, Isaac becomes a full participant. “Bind my hands!” “Sharpen the knife!” Isaac encourages!

It is in that moment when the sacrifice calls for his own death that the story completely changes for me.

Now when I read and hear the story I wonder…

Are we the binder? Or are we the bound?

Risks and Challenges

The designs are ready. The printing proofs have been reviewed, all I need is your support to print and mail Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach out! For those who support soon, I hope to get copies into your hands before the 2023 holidays. But no guarantees. Otherwise, mailing goes out as support comes in.

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  • August 17, 2023 2:13 pm

    Copies arrived from the printer today! Mailing to start soon!

  • August 8, 2023 7:08 pm

    Almost 50% funded in ONE DAY! Help close the gap this week! Spread the word. Share the project on your social media. Can we fund it completely in 1 week?

2023-11-12
Ori Soltes
2023-09-12
Julie and Rob Paris
$18
2023-09-07
Anonymous donor
2023-09-05
Jim Szelagowski
2023-09-04
Belman family
$180
"Mazal tov!!!!! We can’t wait to get it!!! So cool!"
2023-09-03
Deborah Gillman
"Kol HaKavod, Ben!"
2023-08-30
Anonymous donor
2023-08-30
Janice and Nathan Bahary
2023-08-29
Anonymous donor
$100
2023-08-28
The Woltshocks
$100
2023-08-28
Cariño Casas
$18
"Shalom and todah rabbah for introducing me to this wonderful text. I'm excited to see the illustrations."
2023-08-26
Ralph Roskies
$18
2023-08-23
Anonymous donor
$18
2023-08-22
Anonymous donor
"Brilliant!"
2023-08-21
Justin Cammy
$18
"This is the stuff of renaissance."
2023-08-21
Anonymous donor
$18
2023-08-20
Yael & Sam Henteleff
$18
2023-08-20
Cohen Pollak family
2023-08-18
Anonymous donor
2023-08-18
Anne Fishman and Dan Schachter
"Incredibly proud. Can't wait to see it."
2023-08-17
Anonymous donor
2023-08-17
Ackner-Loring Family
$36
2023-08-14
Elaine Bennett
$40
2023-08-14
Gail & Joel Ungar
"Kadima"
2023-08-14
Maud Kozodoy
$40
2023-08-14
Anonymous donor
$40
2023-08-13
Amitai and Chanie Bin-Nun
$40
"Really looking forward to Ben's latest contribution to modern day midrahs!"
2023-08-10
Anonymous donor
2023-08-10
Anonymous donor
2023-08-10
Dara Horn
$36
2023-08-10
Leon Morris
"What an amazing and inspiring project! Ben Schachter keeps conceiving of and creating art that testifies to the creative possibilities inherent in Jewish texts and Jewish life."
2023-08-09
Anonymous donor
$18
2023-08-09
Susan Simon
2023-08-09
Wendy Ungar
2023-08-09
Danny Kraut
$18
2023-08-09
Michael Weingrad
$18
2023-08-09
Anonymous donor
2023-08-09
Beverly Siegel and Howard Rieger
$50
"Wishing you much success. Beverly Siegel and Howard Rieger"
2023-08-09
Richard Ungar
$18
2023-08-09
Eric Kocian
$36
2023-08-08
Oren Dobzinski
$40
"This new project looks amazing! Looking forward to reading the book"
2023-08-08
Anonymous donor
2023-08-08
Anonymous donor
2023-08-08
Matt Fisher
$18
2023-08-08
Eva and Jacob Raby
"Mazal Tov, Ben!"
2023-08-08
Kate Palley
$18
2023-08-08
Anonymous donor
$40
2023-08-08
Laura Levitt
$36
2023-08-08
Anonymous donor
2023-08-07
Heidi Slatkin
$36
"So happy to contribute and very much looking forward to reading these books of yours! :) Hope you all are well. xo"
2023-08-07
The Ziffs
"Can’t wait to read the new saga, Ben!"
2023-08-07
Clan Avishai
"Behatzlaha, ahi."
2023-08-07
ruth wisse
"Very eager to see this!"
2023-08-07
ben schachter
$5
"Test"
2023-08-07
Jacob Wisse
$72

Binder, Bound, and the Mizbeyach

$3,031   raised
GOAL: $2,600

55

 Donors

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Ben Schachter
PA, USA

Hi. I'm Ben Schachter. I am an artist, illustrator, art professor and husband and father. The project you see here is my latest. Just before the Covid shutdowns, contributors helped fund Akhnai Pizza, my first comic. My readers really like the way I adapted a Talmudic debate and set it in Pittsburgh. It is because of that response and support since then that I am very excited to offer Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach. I was selected as a finalist in the Soltice Magazine graphic literature category for a short story, "Las Huellas del Diablo," and I received the Emma Lazarus Award for a billboard fighting Anti-Semitism. You can find more of my work by following the links. Thank you for your interest in my work and I hope you support Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach.

  • JewCE ComiCON
    0 claimed

    For conference attendees! Pick up one copy of either Binder, Bound, and the Mizbeyach OR Akhnai Pizza.

  • DAF - Digital PDF
    1 claimed out of 1 available

    For 10 dollars in support, you will receive a digital PDF copy of Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach. The PDF is readable on screens and does NOT include the extended commentary that is found only in the print version. (This support is not tax deductible)

  • SCROLL - Signed Print Copy of Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach
    19 claimed

    At this support level, you will receive a signed printed copy of Binder, Bound, and the Mizbeyach. Additional copies can be ordered by submitting another constribution. (This support is not tax deductible) Be sure to provide shipping address! Orders received by September 5 have the greatest chance of arriving before the Holidays. No guaranteed delivery before the holidays.

  • Two Tablets - Two Books - Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach AND Achnai Pizza
    12 claimed

    Did you miss your chance to support Akhnai Pizza? Have no fear! At the Two Tablets level you receive 2 books - Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach AND Achnai Pizza. Contributions received before September 5, 2023 have the greatest chance of arriving before the Holidays. No guaranteed delivery before the holidays. (This support is not tax deductible) Be sure to provide shipping address!

  • Chevruta
    10 claimed

    Receive two copies of Binder, Bound, and the Mizbeyach plus two circular stickers inspired by the cover. Keep one book and give one to a friend. Contributions received before September 5, 2023 have the greatest chance of arriving before the Holidays. No guaranteed delivery before the holidays. (This support is not tax deductible) Be sure to provide shipping address

  • Visual Midrash
    2 claimed

    Support at this level will receive 1 signed copy of Binder Bound and Mizbeyach sent by mail PLUS six additional drawings sent to one email provided in the order. These six additional drawings will be sent from October to December 2023. They will be inspired by sources in Tanakh and Talmud showing my artistic process and will be separate from the Akhnai Pizza or Binder Bound comics.

  • Techelet - Blue Logo Teeshirt
    0 claimed

    Supporters at this level will receive 1 light blue tee shirt printed with the circular fist logo on the front (seen on the cover of Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach). One size fits most (adult large). The shirt is light blue and the printing is black. No returns. Support is not tax deductible. Be sure to include shipping address.

  • Character Sheet
    1 claimed

    For this level of contribution receive one signed copy of Binder Bound and the Mizbeyach plus a limited-edition artist quality print of Abraham's character sheet. What is a character sheet? It shows sketches of the character in different poses and facial expressions. Character sheets are used by comicbook artists and animators to maintain consistency through a project. Abraham's character sheet is suitable for framing. (This support is not tax deductible) Be sure to provide shipping address.

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