An Orthodox woman, wife and mother, Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and director of the Jewish Family Experience in Cleveland. She is a certified parenting coach, educator, musician, mother, motivational speaker, and author of two books: "Conversations with G-d" and "Soul Construction." Find Ruchi on Facebook and Instagram, her blog at outoftheorthobox.com, and follow her podcasts on spiritual self-growth and character improvement, "Book of Life" and "Ruchi Koval." Ruchi was a recipient of the

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I teach at least eight recurring classes to different groups each week. The classes are all Torah-based and each uses a different text. The range is as diverse as the Monday morning class on the Book of Proverbs written 3000 years ago by King Solomon, to the Tuesday morning class based on my…

Everyone is bellyaching about the snow, but at the same time there’s a certain resignedness about it all. I mean, it’s just winter in Cleveland. It snows, it’s single digits, then it melts a bit, it’s black ice, it snows again, the plows pile everything up into huge, black ice mountains, rin…

Our daughter’s wedding was fast approaching on Dec. 28, and omicron was proving to be the black shadow that cast a cloud on the whole thing. One by one friends and relatives messaged us that they could not come, due to illness or fear of illness. Plus, we had been planning an outdoor chuppah…

Every time you think COVID-19 is over, there’s a new variant to freak you out. Omicron is the latest in the “let’s-worry-before-we-know-if-there’s-cause-to-worry” parade in the news, but it certainly won’t be the last. In other words, COVID isn’t going away anytime soon. We just have to lear…

Looks like sleep apnea is the new rage in my family, so I took one of my kiddos for a “sleep study” to determine if he/she (trying to ensure partial anonymity, which is not simple when your mom is a writer) was indeed suffering from this disorder.

I have learned over the years that my High Holy Days experience was different from many Jews I’d later meet. Growing up in my Orthodox bubble of New York and then Cleveland Heights, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were mainly about the prayers.

It feels like the Ten Plagues all over again. COVID-19 resurgence. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Hurricane Ida. The Surfside collapse. What is happening? It’s tempting to lose hope, to surrender to an apocalyptic bleakness.