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Parshas Eikev begins, “וְהָיָה | עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם” “And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform” (Devarim 7:12). All the commentaries ask the purpose of the word “וְהָיָה” “And it will be”; wouldn’t the pasuk be just as understandable without it?
The Ohr HaChaim brings a Chazal which explains that the word “וְהָיָה” is used to represent happiness. Moshe Rabbeinu is using this language to give over his Mussar in a pleasant, easy way for Bnei Yisrael to accept and understand it. He is explaining that only when you perform all the mitzvos can you be truly happy. However, as long as you are lacking in even just one mitzvah, true happiness is not attainable.
The word “עֵקֶב” as well has a different meaning other than the simple translation. Chazal explain that it is used to mean a conclusion. The pasuk is then read as follows: When you complete fulfilling the mitzvos, then it will be the time of Simcha, happiness, for you. But once again, true happiness only will be achieved by fulfilling all the mitzvos.
May this Shabbos lead and inspire us to fulfilling all the mitzvos and achieving true Simcha.
The Ohr HaChaim gives several more explanations on how this theme of happiness fits into the idea here of doing the mitzvos. If you are able to, I would strongly encourage everyone to see the rest of them.
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