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אשרי יושבי ביתך – Fortunate are those who dwell in Your house,

עוד יהללוך סלה – who still praise You continuously.

We all want to get to Olam HaBa and be considered a “ben Olam HaBa” while still in this world. The Gemara in Brachos1 teaches us that one who says Ashrei three times a day is assured to be a ben Olam HaBa.  This clearly cannot mean mere recitation.  Chazal are telling us that this reward is reserved for one who thinks deeply about what the p’sukim in Ashrei are teaching us, and as a result, strengthens his emunah in Hashem.2