Our sages interpret the verse, “You shall love God your Lord with all your heart (bekhol levavekha), with all your soul (bekhol nafshekha), and with all your might (bekhol meodekha)” (Deut. 6:5) as follows:
‘“With all your heart’ means with both your inclinations, with the good inclination and with the evil inclination;
‘with all your soul’ means even if He takes your life;
and ‘with all your might’ means with all your money” (Berakhot 54a).
Focusing on the third clause, our sages go on to explain, “There are people who value their lives more than their money… and there are people who value their money more than their lives” (61b).
Indeed, there are people who would rather lose a limb than lose their money, including even great tzaddikim.
The Talmud reports regarding Abba Hilkiya that when he would pass through thorns he would roll up his garment because, he said, a scratch on the body heals by itself, but if his garment were to be torn, he would not have the money to buy a new one (Taanit 23b).
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From Talks on the Parasha