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Rabbi Ron Jawary

Rabbi Ron Jawary was born in Melbourne, Australia and majored in economics and law at Melbourne University. He then studied Jewish law and philosophy at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem and was ordained as a Rabbi in 1981. He began teaching Talmud and Jewish law at the Sephardic Study Center in Jerusalem, and spent the next number of years as a Rabbi at Aish Hatorah. In 1989, he became the Director and educator at Aish Hatorah Sydney. Moving to Los Angeles in 1991, Rabbi Jawary began teaching at YULA and Shalhevet high schools as well as the Executive Learning division of Aish LA. Presently, Rabbi Jawary enjoys educating and learning with the Executive Learning members, and giving classes to young professionals alike. Rabbi Jawary lives in LA with his wife Beth. They have 7 children and 5 grandchildren.


Being Like God This Sukkot

There is a mitzvah in the Torah to try to be like God. One of God's characteristics is that He...

A Clean Slate

Yom Kippur is the day the Jewish nation received the second set of tablets, reestablishing their...

Choosing Life This Rosh Hashana

The shofar wakes us up from living on auto-pilot.

Cultivating Gratitude

One of the underlying themes of the Torah is the importance of developing a sense of gratitude,...

Built on Kindness

"An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of God, even to their tenth...

Spiritual Role Models

As Moses comes to the end of his life he urges the Jewish nation to make sure its court system is...

Love Doing the Right Thing

"You shall surely open your hand" (Deut. 15:11). When the Torah tells us that we should...

It's All in the Timing

"I will give you rain in its time" (Deut.11:14). It's interesting that one of the...

Spirituality and Wealth

"You should love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul and all your...

The Ninth of Av: A Festival

The Ninth of Av commemorates all of the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people in general,...

Falling Along the Way

"These are the journeys of the Jewish nation" (Numbers 33:1). As the Jewish nation is...

With God and Nation

"You will be clean in God's eyes and in the eyes of the nation" (Numbers 32:22). The...

Not Moses' Son

"Moses placed his hands on Joshua" (Numbers, 27:22). One of the signs of a great leader...

Honor and Self Esteem

"I will honor you greatly" (Numbers 22:17). We sometimes think that honor is something...

Mourning Aaron

"The entire Jewish nation mourned Aaron for 30 days" (Num. 20:28). It's interesting that the...

Distortion of Jealousy

"And Korach took" (Numbers 16:1). Korach was an astute, wealthy and charismatic person....

Jewish Vision

The Jewish nation has spent just over a year in the desert and is now poised to enter the Land of...

Seeing the Positive in Those Closest To Us

"And Miriam spoke against Moses, her brother" (Numbers, 12:1). One of the things even...

The Blessings of a Good Heart

"May the Eternal bless you and protect you" (Numbers 6:24). These words were first...

Desert Roots

Righteous people stay rooted to their eternal values.

The Promise of Physical Blessings

"If you will keep my mitzvahs ... the land will yield its produce ... and I will give you rain"...

Satisfying Blessings

"The land will give its fruit and you will eat to satiation," (Lev. 26:5). One of the...

Humility and Receiving the Torah

One of the mitzvot in this week's Torah portion is the counting of the Omer, when we count 49 days...

Holiness

"You shall be holy" (Lev.19:2).This week's Parsha, Kedoshim, seems to make an...

Light After Darkness

"After the death of Aaron's sons..." The Torah tells us that after undergoing this...

Role Models

The Talmud lists seven possible reasons as to why a person can find himself isolated and lonely in...

The Snake in the Middle

Why is the word snake right in the middle of the Torah?

All Who Are Hungry

"This is the bread of our affliction. All who are 'hungry' (physically), come and eat. All who...

Take Out the Garbage

First discard yesterday's garbage, then tackle the day.

Sacrifices and Self Control

One of the more difficult concepts in the Torah is the idea of a sacrifice. So much of the Torah...

Mirrors in the Temple

We can't enter God's presence without first taking a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Engraved on Both Sides

Truth is always staring at us right in the face.

Purim: Revealing the Hidden

Purim is the festival that celebrates the victory of the Jewish people in Persia in 356 BCE over...

Giving That Is Taking

One of the main misconceptions people have about Judaism is that they feel they are doing God a...

Harmony Between the Physical and the Spiritual

One of the recurring themes of the Torah is the importance of eliminating any dissonance between a...

The Last of the Ten Commandments

The last of the Ten Commandments is "Don't envy." Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (19th...

Seeing the Divne in Everything

One of the recurring themes of the Torah is the importance of seeing the Divine in everyday events...

Controlling Time

As free people, the first mitzvah shows that we control our own time and destiny.

Moses: A Very Human Leader

"Amram married Yocheved, and she bore him Moses and Aaron" (Ex. 6:20). It is...

She Called Him Moses

"She called his name Moses, as she said, 'For I drew him from the water'" (Ex....

Admitting Mistakes and Granting Forgiveness

Joseph and the power of forgiveness.

Trusting God

"It happened at the end of two years; Pharaoh was dreaming" (Genesis, 41:1). The Midrash...

About Hanukkah

Why the Menorah is the holiday’s fitting symbol.

The Private Battle

Our true test is how honest we are with ourselves.

Giving Thanks

"She [Leah] conceived again and gave birth to a son and said: 'This time I will give thanks...

Real Strength

The Talmud teaches us that true strength and power is not found in the ability to control others,...

Seeing the Divine in Your Life

The Talmud teaches us that three things broaden a person's perspective: - "a beautiful house,...

Don't Look Back

Don’t get stuck in the past.

Developing Gratitude

We don’t know what we’ve got ‘til it’s got.

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