Us dating customs
Birth related customs regard the grown-ups: besides parents, there are the midwife and the godparents.When the baby suffered from an illness or faced danger, the custom was to change the baby’s name into “The Bear” (Ursu) or “The Wolf” (Lupu), in hope of avoiding the risk of being “recognized” again by that danger in future.Just before birth, the angel touches the child on his mouth causing him to forget all that he has learned (Talmud – Niddah 30b).The gathering in the home of the newborn is to console him for the Torah he has forgotten (Taz – YD 2).To this day, virtually all Jews, regardless of their level of religious commitment, observe this beloved commandment with zealousness and joy, thereby fulfilling the words of the Sages: "Every mitzvah for which of the Jews were willing to make the supreme sacrifice, such as Bris Milah, will always be observed by them"; and: "Every mitzvah that the Jews accepted with joy, such as Bris Milah, will always be fulfilled with joy" (Talmud – Shabbat 130a).
Despite the decrees of Antiochus outlawing Bris Milah, and throughout the expulsions and persecutions that our nation suffered in exile, the Jewish people never ceased to perform this mitzvah.
Light refreshments are served, but not a full meal.
Rabbi Paysach Krohn explains: While a baby develops within the womb, an angel teaches him the entire Torah.
Expectations about gender roles are much more conservative in traditional Chinese culture than in American culture.
If an American boy goes out to dinner with a Chinese girl and does not pay for her meal, the locals will view him he as having lost "face" or social status and they will regard him as a poor dating candidate.