These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
In Talmudic times the practice was to dip bread in salt to give it some flavor.
Jewish law states that for "clean bread" (and ours surely qualifies) this is not required.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
It seems impractical to sit around a foreign place and wait a few days in-between dates!
Before two people even consider beginning a long-distance courtship, we recommend that they clarify two points.
In fact, one of the biggest mistakes long-distance daters make is trying to cram too much time together into their compressed schedule.
We can't tell you how many promising courtships we've seen dissolve after the dating partners spent just about every waking hour with each other over the three, five or seven days they were together in the same city.