Peter Paul Rubens, The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, c.1625
Joel Fleishman, a professor of law and public policy at Duke University, wrote the book on American foundations. In The Foundation: A Great American Secret, Fleishman explores the philanthropic institutions that have shaped the United States, thoroughly examining their origins, the functions they serve, and the ways they could better benefit the public. Fleishman is also well-versed in the history of Jewish giving. He joins us to talk about the injunction to give, as written in the Bible, and the evolution of philanthropy among American Jews.