Before going to war, the Israelite soldier heard a rousing speech from a priest who (also) told him: “Whatever man is afraid and faint of heart, let him go and return to his house…” What’s the difference between being afraid or faint of heart? Many commentators see two distinct phrases – afraid of getting hurt or too faint of heart to hurt others. Chaim Dov Rabinowitz explained that people who are faint of heart are always afraid – such a person should go and return to his house. But sometimes even those who are not faint of heart can be afraid and such people are to stay and overcome their fears.