Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #23

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

We have already learned that the Gemara in Berachot promises that “Anyone who says Tehillah Le-David three times a day is promised a place in the World to Come (Ben Olam Ha-Ba).” A "Ben Olam Ha-Ba" means that he is connecting to the World to Come both in the next world and even in this world. Olam Ha-Ba is forever. Someone who is connected to Olam Ha-Ba in this world is connected to the important, eternal things in the world. The first two verses of Ashrei were not written by David. They come before we say Tehillah Le-David, and were added by Geonim. But they tell us how we can connect to Olam Ha-Ba. "Happy are those who dwell in Your House." Of course, Hashem’s main house is the Beit Ha-Mikdash. But when we learn, daven, and perform Mitzvot, we can also turn where we are into being a house of Hashem. That doesn’t just bring us enjoyment, which can pass. It brings us true happiness, which is eternal, as it is connected to Hashem forever.