Guest post by Daniel
Rabbi Lazer Brody pointed out that when a seed is planted it undergoes a process before becoming a plant.
The klipah (outer shell) rots and eventually dissolves, while the core essence of the seed sprouts new birth and one day breaches the soil skyward.
As regards the sprouting of Redemption...
I don't need to point out the rotting of the shell within Israeli society - I believe the rotten parts are clear. See the results of the Winograd Commission and numerous investigations of politicians. But I will point you to two articles of green stems breaching the soil, climbimg skyward. But first...
The Redemption of the Jewish people (and thus the entire world) is a transformative process. No one knows how much of that process will be slow transformation, and how much will happen in the climactic final moments of the End of Days.
Below are two examples of slow transformation of the Jewish people as geulah (redemption) spouts.
To learn Torah and to teach it (Deut. 6:7)
Secular Israeli parents are sending their children to Charedi (Orthodox) schools
Appoint a priest to speak with the soldiers during the war (Deut. 20:2)
10,000 MP3s with recorded sermons of encouragement by the chief rabbis of Israel were prepared this week for distribution to combat soldiers (and more, see article)