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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When you’re generally a pretty organized person who usually puts things back in the same place each time and the night before your flight to Israel, Saturday night, you check your drawer for your passport and it’s not there, you’d be excused for freaking out. Which is what I did.

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"I am saddened the debate over Israel’s decision regarding two U.S. congresswomen is tearing apart the Jewish community. Can we keep our eye on the ball? Israel was founded as a state to be a safe oasis from anti-Semitism. Shall we now use debate about it to tear ourselves apart and hate on …

I never really thought of myself as a perfectionist; more like a person who likes to do things well. But, I think that’s like calling Hurricane Katrina a “rainy day.” Over the years, it has become clear to me that the distress I feel at doing things imperfectly is hurting me and others.

School is ending or over, depending on which school your people are in, and yet again we are switching a child to a new school. I feel like we do this every year, probably because we do.

My baby is turning 9 and I’m so grateful for long views and second chances. As our oldest kids are now young adults, my regrets for my parenting mistakes when they were small play a big role in how we parent this little one. 

“After Pesach” – the words are haunting me now. For weeks as we prepared for the holiday of Passover, everything else got relegated to the “later” pile: after Pesach. Camp forms – after Pesach. Figure out why the bank is charging my daughter a $7 fee each month – after Pesach. Deal with the …

Passover conjures up a host of Jewish memories: bubbies and zaidies; matzah ball soup; cousins running around; staying up too late amid sticky grape juice and strains of dayenu. If there’s one epically memorable Jewish holiday, complete with the songs, sounds and tastes, it’s Passover.

I spent last week roaming around Harry Potter’s Wizarding World in Orlando, Fla., with two of our kids over spring break. Let me just get this over with: I’m a “heathen muggle.” For the non-Potterheads what that means is that not only did I stop reading the series after the second book, but …