It is both Chanukah and Christmas.
Rabbi Michael Gottlieb mentions a really interesting point in the Wall Street Journal about the connection between Jews and Christians as brothers and sisters.
Reflecting on the thoughts of philosopher, Martin Buber:
The key difference between Jews and Christians is whether Jesus was the messiah.
"Christians believe he was here and they are awaiting his return.
Jews believe that the messiah hasn't yet come.
His suggestion: let's all pray for the messiah--Christians and Jews alike.
When he arrives, we'll ask if he's been here before."With the messiah's arrival, we can all hope to achieve "personal and universal redemption"--to be kinder, humbler, and more human[e]"
We all have an underlying need to believe in a "superhero"--with G-dly powers that can save us from ourselves and from each other, as well as from disease, disaster, and destruction.
If G-d can speedily send us the messiah to help us with all of this, together Jews and Christians and Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and everyone can band together to celebrate and welcome G-d's love and redemption of all his children. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)