תלמוד בבלי ,עירובין ק עמוד ב
Rabbi Yochanan said: Had the Torah not been given, we would have learned modesty from the cat, [aversion to] theft from the ant, chastity from the dove, and [conjugal] manners from fowl.[Translated by David Strauss]
Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. What is Rabbi Yochanan observing about the world? Why doesn't he believe we would implicitly learn such behaviors?
2. What other behaviors can we learn from other creatures?
Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)