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So the Talmud in Berachot 61b asks why the Shema states to serve Hashem “with all your money” if it already says “with all your soul” and vice versa. And they answer that “all your soul” refers to someone who values their life over their money and therefore must give up their life for Hashem, and “all your money” refers to someone who values their wealth over their life and therefore must give it up for Hashem. So I have 2 questions. First of all, why does the Gemara even ask the question? I don't see how נפשך and מאדך are even related, one is physical and the other is spiritual. So why does the Talmud assume that they’re interchangeable and both aren’t necessary except to teach us something (which is what they derive after)? My second question is sorta related- why doesn’t the Gemara question why the Shema also states בכל לבבך? If anything, I would think your heart and soul are more connected than your soul and money and the question should’ve been asked on those two. Or alternatively, the Gemara could’ve asked about all 3 (I.e. why does the Shema use all these three examples). So basically why doesn’t the Gemara bring up or even mention בכל לבבך?

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  • my understanding has always been that the gemara starts with the assumption that "your heart" is your health and well being so "your soul" is clearly distinct, but "your might" which is an intangible function of your soul would be a duplication of "your soul". Only when the word is understood as "your money" does it become a third category.
    – rosends
    Aug 4 at 20:34
  • Does the Tanach anywhere else use the word מאדך so we could see what it’s true meaning is? Aug 4 at 22:13
  • I heard מאדך defined as what is מאד, alot, to you. One could interpret rashi in the gemara as such as he says, מן החביב עליך, from what is loved to you.
    – Avrah
    Aug 4 at 22:24
  • @Avrah I like that, but the question still remind why the Gemara assumes מאדך and נפשך are the same Aug 4 at 22:47

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