Ruchi's column will appear in the Cleveland Jewish News every other week starting August 11th.

An Orthodox woman, wife and mother of seven, Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and director of the Jewish Family Experience in Cleveland. She is a certified parenting coach, educator, author, musician and motivational speaker. Her first book, "Conversations with G-d," was released in 2016. Find Ruchi on Facebook, Instagram, her blog at outoftheorthobox.com, and follow her podcasts and videos on SoundCloud, WhatsApp and YouTube. Ruchi was a recipient of the CJN's 18 Difference Maker award in 2015.

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I don’t know how much longer we will be wearing masks, but I’m going to assume they’re here for the long haul. So I finally went online and ordered myself a pretty cotton one on Etsy, instead of continuing to wear the disposable ones that somehow made me feel like maybe this is just a bad dr…

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Whenever things get bad in the United States, my friends start talking about moving to Israel. At this moment, I can think of 10 friends off the bat who are considering aliyah. They range from young families to empty nesters, from those who have family in Israel to those who have none, from …

I always write my columns for the CJN a week-and-a-half in advance. I submit them on Thursday and they appear the following Friday. This means I have to take a look at the calendar and fast-forward my mind.

It’s probably not very nice to say that Siri is one of my best friends. It would be more seemly to celebrate an actual human, since I’ve never been a fan of artificial friendships.

Well, the bar mitzvah is over and I‘ve noticed something weird. When I am hosting an event, I can’t eat. My adrenaline is sky-high and I’m consumed with thinking of my guests, and if they are enjoying and are comfortable. If you’re anything like me, you’ll recognize some of these obsessive t…