אשרי אדם מפחד תמיד

Shavua Tov. The Pasuk brought by Rabbeinu Bechaye from Mishlei, regarding our Parsha, is very telling. אשרי אדם מפחד תמיד ומקשה לבו יפול ברעה.

Shlomo Hamelech is telling us that that one who is מפחד תמיד, always afraid that he should act properly and be careful about his actions, will be in a state of joy. That’s why it says, אשרי, that it will make him happy.

A person needs to be drawn to his שכל, common sense, and not חומריות, the physical temptations.

He will be led to deal honestly with people, and

he will be מסתפק במועט, be

happy with a little.

However, one who is hard hearted, and goes according to his will and against the Torah, will fall to evil. This was the fate of Pharoah and the fate of others who act like him.

In short, carefully and humbly observing the Torah, brings one joy,