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עמך בית ישראל
YOUR PEOPLE THE HOUSE OF YISROEL

 “All that are engaged in toil for the tzibbur… the merit of the Avos will help them, and their merit shall endure forever” (Avos 2:2). The merit of the Avos helps those who toil on behalf of their children. In our prayer for the “Elders of Hashem’s people”, we add also בית ישראל, “the house of Yisroel”, to express their great merit of guiding the “house of Yisroel”, that is, the house of Yaakov, and Avrohom and Yitzchok as well. May this merit stand for “The Elders of Your people the house of Yisroel”.