Prayer and Religious Articles: Prayer and Blessings: B'CHOL M'ODECHA:
What is the meaning of "b'chol m'odecha" in the Shema?
The phrase "b'chol m'odecha" is interpreted in several ways
by the sages. The translation "with all your money" in
the Mishnah (Berachos 9:5) is intended for a person whose
possessions are more dear to him than his life (R. Eleazar
in Sifrei). R. Akiva's interpretation is "for anything
that He measures out to you, thank him very greatly" (a play
on the words "middah" and "me'od"). Another interpretation,
found in another midrash, is "with all your strength".
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