Inside the Goldberg-Polins’ whirlwind trip to Washington

JL;DR SUMMARY Rachel Goldberg-Polin recalls her childhood experience watching Ted Koppel report on the Iran hostage crisis, a memory that now resonates as her son, Hersh, has been held by Hamas in Gaza for 233 days following a violent attack. A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin' parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Now, Dude, that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then, there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place s'durned innarestin'.

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