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”. May this merit stand for “The Elders of Your people the house of Yisroel”, that is, the house of Yaakov, and Avrohom and Yitzchok as well.
ועל פליטת סופריהם
AND UPON THE ESCAPED (REMNANT) OF THEIR BOOKMEN
The Talmidei Chachomim of the generation are but a remnant, for in comparison to their numbers in ancient times, today we have only a few. Furthermore, the יצר הרע is especially interested in diminishing the numbers of the “Talmidei Chachomim more than anyone else”.
ועל גרי הצדק ועלינו (יהמו רחמיך)
AND UPON THE RIGHTEOUS CONVERTS AND UPON US (LET YOUR MERCIES BE STIRRED)
We conclude this supplication with the entire Jewish nation, for even the greatest of the chassidim are only elevated to greatness because of the blessed nation of Hashem. And even the geirei tzedek, although not of blessed seed, are worthy still to enter into the blessing of our holy nation.
יהמו רחמיך ה’ א-להינו
LET YOUR MERCIES BE STIRRED, HASHEM OUR G-D
May You activate and increase Your mercies upon the righteous as they truly deserve. We express here that Hashem is “Elokeinu”, emphasizing the merit of the righteous who cause a greater measure of Shechinah to rest upon our nation.