My dear son,
When Balak decided to commission Bilam to curse and thereby undo the Jewish people, he described the Jewish nation as,
“Behold! a people has come out of Egypt…”
Yet when Bilam repeated his mission to curse the Jewish people, he described them as,
“Behold! the people coming out of Egypt…”; suggesting that the Jewish people are currently coming out of Egypt. Considering that we had already experienced the exodus from Egypt, this usage is inappropriate and grammatically incorrect.
Rav Moshe Feinstein explains that the greatness of Am Yisrael results from the fact that we continuously relive our history; we insist on finding ways to incorporate events of the past into our present-day. We are a people who understand that we cannot move forward without first reflecting upon our past. Bilam was wary of this outstanding feature, he understood exactly where our strength lies and where our resilience comes from and so he described a people who will always be “coming out of Egypt”.
The most effective chayal in TZAHAL is one who embraces the traditions of our past to help ensure our future. A chayal who can represent a link between our rich history and our prospective present, is a chayal who can assure us of a resilient future.
With love and admiration