Ruchi's column appears in the Cleveland Jewish News every other week.

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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There are gratitude journals, gratitude meditations, even a Cafe Gratitude (bet you can’t figure out it’s in California). And everyone agrees that in order to reap the benefits of gratitude, which include, among other things, increased happiness, better mental and physical health, improved r…

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I don’t know what you’re all doing this year, but I imagine it’s slightly more social than last year, and hopefully way less social than next year. Either way, Passover is the holiday that requires the most preparation. Whether you clean meticulously, ceremonially, or not at all, Passover se…

Esther Galupkin was not my kindergarten teacher, but she was my husband’s kindergarten teacher, and, years later, our son’s. With her trademark Israeli accent and warmth, combined with her strength and composure as an educator, she was unforgettable. Sadly, she passed away Feb. 15.

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of blessed memory, was a brilliant philosopher and a scholar of sweeping proportions, including Torah and other wisdoms. He was also a stunning orator and a deeply compassionate man. I like to think of him as my adoptive ideological grandfather.

Disney/Pixar just came out with “Soul,” a delightful movie that explores themes like body, soul and the afterlife. The godlike beings in the movie, who are all named Jerry (except the one who’s called Terry), are kind and benevolent creatures with Picasso-like animation, who change shape as …

There are some things that happen in my life that are so big, so overwhelming and overbearing, that I don’t even know how to make sense of them. Maybe this will finally break me, I think. Maybe I should finally see a psychologist who can make this right before it creates too much subconsciou…

A few months ago, I got a phone call from my friend Elissa. She told me that her life coach, Chris, was writing a children’s book about life after death, and that he was including different religious perspectives in his book. He’d asked her about the Jewish view, and she deferred to me, sayi…