Recent generations have witnessed a paradigm shift in the art of warfare. Whereas it used to
be the quantity of one’s soldiers and weaponry that deterred war or proved victory in the
battlefield, today it is the quality of one’s arsenal that matters most. One technologically
advanced weapon outweighs vast quantities of enemy manpower.
How much more so when it comes to the quality of holiness that pervades the army camp:
“For the L-rd, your G-d, goes along in the midst of your camp, to rescue you and deliver you
your enemies before you. Therefore, your camp shall be holy...” (Deuteronomy 23:15)
A Jewish soldier guarding the Holy Nation in the Holy Land is an emissary of the true
watchman above him, G-d A-lmighty Himself. Therefore, the greatest determining force in the
success of his mission is the force of holiness that surrounds and supports him.