Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #40-41

[adapted by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

We say the Shema twice a day. The first verse is the very symbol of all of Judaism. Perhaps it is possible to say that the entire Torah is found in Shema Yisrael. When we say this verse we are saying we accept the Hashem as our King in all areas - both as individuals and as a community. We need to accept Hashem as our King in how we act - through our honesty, uprightness, love for all, and peace. We need to accept Hashem as our King in our modesty and in our connection to Eretz Yisrael. Some people want to accept Hashem only in some areas and not others. But this is not what we are supposed to do. "Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeynu, Hashem Echad." Hashem is One and his Torah is One. We therefore need to accept Hashem in every way and accept all that He expects of us. When we accept Hashem's rule in all areas of our lives, this is also called Emunah (faith) and Devekut (deep connection to Hashem)

In the first paragraph of Shema, we read that we are to love Hashem “with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” In Mishnah Berachot, we learn that “your heart” means with both our Yetzer Ha-Tov (good inclination) and Yetzer Ha-Ra (evil inclination). It is obvious how to serve Hashem with our positive desires. How do we serve Him with our negative desires? The answer is we serve Him when with our negative desires when we don’t follow them. When we fight back again our negative desires and say we’re not following them because we serve Hashem, that’s how we serve Hashem with our Yetzer Ha-Ra.
“With all your soul” means to serve Hashem with our lives. Just like Rabbi Akiva did, we are willing to sacrifice our lives for Hashem. The Mishnah explains “With all your might” in two ways. It can mean with all of our money and resources. It can also mean with all that we serve Hashem not matter what He has measured out to us. So we see that Hashem wants us to love Him with every part of our being, all of our desires, all of our resources and in every situation. And since this is what Hashem has asked of us, we know we are able to do it.