Last Tuesday a friend and I were (almost) running across town to reach the Pontifical Mass in time. Then I spotted a street sign and exclaimed "WAIT, I have to take this picture for Meead!"
Who is Coresh, you ask? Coresh or Koresh is Hebrew for Cyrus.
So who is Cyrus, you might ask? None other than the founder of the Persian Empire.
"Coresh (Cyrus) . . . (reigned 559-529 B.C.E.) was one of the great conquerer-kings of the ancient world. When Cyrus took Babylon in 539, he found the descendants of the Jews who had been led into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar decades earlier. In keeping with his general policy toward all conquered peoples, and his respect of native religions and customs, Cyrus permitted the Jews to return to the Land of Israel. According to Isaiah (45:1 ff), who clearly foretold the defeat of Babylon at the hands of the Persian conqueror, Cyrus was the Divine instrument of redemption, 'anointed' by God to save Israel and enable the people to return to their land and rebuild the Temple."