Hillel and I are disappearing for a couple of weeks – “The 400 Zuz Bet” below this entry is the last one until late August.
We decided to time-travel a few years into the "future,” and finally accept the offer of King Herod who wishes to meet with Hillel, who is now a figure of authority. I am timing the visit so it’s in the future, but before Herod loses his health and his mind. Herod has already built a magnificent palace in Caesarea, a beautiful resort town by the blue Mediterranean, and this is where we will stay.
Just because Hillel is now in his middle years, does not mean he is out of shape. Not at all, he has kept in excellent shape and good health, and he is secretly longing to swim in the gigantic swimming pool Herod placed in his tree-filled atrium. Don’t worry – since Herod considers himself Jewish, the food is within the Law, so we can enjoy the excellent, if somewhat excessive, cuisine. Hillel will not attend the repulsive shows in the amphitheater, he put this as a condition to the visit, and Herod proved quite understanding about it. The High Priest is livid with anger and envy about Hillel’s visit, but he can’t do a thing about it. Herod does what he wishes.
I cannot send you a postcard, time travel does not allow it, but when we come back, I will tell you all about the white marble palace, the expensive furniture made of costly wood, the incredible dining style, and the breathtaking views of the sea. I hope to have some gossip about Herod’s trendy friends as well. In 2012 we think we know luxury, but I can honesty tell you that even the most revolting reality TV millionaires would be intimidated by the level of excess displayed by Herod and some of his Roman friends…
See you soon and have a great summer!