Episode 3: LOVE

Episode three of The Kibitz asks, what is love, anyway? Howard Jones didn’t know back in 1983, and Jews have pondered the same question as far back as Jacob and Rachel. Join host Dan Crane on a journey into the heart of what makes our hearts aflutter. 

Who's in this episode?

Israel Story - It’s Been Six Dates  

Mishy Harman shares the zany matchmaking adventures of his Orthodox downstairs neighbor, which he had no chance but to overhear because all her dates took place on their staircase, just outside his bedroom window. This segment is an excerpt from Israel Story.







Kasher vs. kasher:Beshert vs. Sherbet

David Kasher grew up in Oakland, California, but spent his summers in Hassidic Brooklyn, and he's been integrating these experiences ever since. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he knocked around for several years in yeshivas in Israel before landing in rabbinical school at Chovevei Torah, where he was ordained in 2007. He now spends his time bringing Torah to the people, one living room discussion group at a time, as the Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah. He's also working on a doctorate in Legal Philosophy, and writes a blog on the weekly Torah portion. You can read it, or listen to the podcasted version, at www.parshanut.com




Moshe Kasher. Comedian. Child Genius. Jew. Jew Comedian. OBGYN. Pleasure center. Good tipper. Guiding light. Beefcake. He lives alone in LA. Featured on: NBC, E!’s Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, @midnight, Conan, Carson Daly, Showtime’s Shameless, MTV & more… Currently the Co-host of The Champs podcast and the author of the acclaimed memoir Kasher In The Rye on Grand Central Publishing. Selected as one of Variety Magazine’s “Ten Comics to Watch”, LA Times’ “Faces to Watch”, and iTunes’ “Comic of the Year”.





A 95-year old nana tells jokes and stories

Dan’s Nana tells jokes and stories about how her parents and grandparents met.

Janice “Nana” Lubbin is 95-years-young and lives in Los Angeles. She’s the proud mother of two children, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  


Jeff Goldblum plays some Valentine’s Day jazz

Jeff Goldblum is…Jeff Goldblum. In addition to acting, he plays jazz most Wednesday nights at Rockwell in Los Angeles. 



Six word memoirs about love from Larry Smith


Called on “a quest to spark the creativity of aspiring writers” by
Oprah Magazine, Larry Smith’s Six-Word Memoirs® is a simple concept that’s become a bestselling book series and global phenomenon used in boardrooms and classrooms, speed-dating session and churches to spark conversation, crystallize goals and boil anything at all down to its core. Anticipating the microblogging explosion, SMITH originally launched the Six-Word Memoir project in November 2006 in partnership
with Twitter with a simple challenge: “Can you tell your life story in six words?” The eighth book in the Six Word series, "The Best Advice in Six Words," was recently published by St. Martin's Press. He has led workshops on storytelling with teams at Intuit, Levi’s, Dell, Shutterfly, and ESPN, as well as nonprofits, foundations, and schools across the country.



Ronna & Dan Get Advice with Jessica Chaffin and Dan crane (stepping in for beverly)

Ronna Glickman & Beverly Ginsberg are the best-selling co-authors of You’ll Do A Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles (“It says Jewish in the name — but it’s for everyone!”). These outspoken fiftysomethings from Boston, who can be seen regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA, dispense their unique brand of relationship advice while interviewing/interrogating celebrity guests.




A Kid Walks in to a Bar featuring Joel Stein

Joel Stein grew up in Edison, NJ, went to Stanford, and in 1997, became a staff writer for TIME. In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column that now appears in the magazine every week. He’s also written fourteen cover stories for TIME, and has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Businessweek, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle, Los Angeles Times, and many more magazines, most of which have gone out of business. He has appeared as a talking head on any TV show that asks him, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a weekly column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. This is the most he’s ever written in third person.


Host: Dan Crane

Dan Crane is a writer, musician, Jew (lax, loves lox) and professional air-guitarist. He’s the author of To Air is Human and stars in the documentary, Air Guitar Nation. He writes about culture and travel for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, California Sunday, Slate, and numerous other publications. When he’s not writing, or hosting air guitar championships at home and abroad, he plays “there” guitar in various bands including Nous Non Plus and Ray & Remora.






This podcast is sponsored by the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.