"In the Christian liturgical calendar, we refer to the four weeks before Christmas as "Advent." For Christians, this is a time of expectation, of looking forward to the birth of Jesus. Perhaps surprisingly, I feel closest to my Jewish brothers and sisters during the Advent season. Christians, of course, believe Jesus to be the Messiah, but we also look forward to his second coming at the end of time. Traditionally, Jews expect the messiah to come as well, but when he does, it will be for the first time. When the Messiah finally comes, we'll ask him together whether it is his first or second coming, but for now, we will long for a world of justice and peace together."