The Talmud teaches:
The mouse is not the thief, but the hole.
Nevertheless, if there were no mouse,
how would the hole get filled with stolen goods? 
In another rabbinic
passage, the 3rd-century
Babylonian teacher, Rav, offers his students some protective advice
against the local, lurking thieves. We suspend judgment regarding
his stereotyping of his Babylonian neighbors.
Giddel said in the name of Rav:
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