There is an old Jewish folktale about a cat that stole a cheese from a market. A dog saw the robbery and wanted some for himself, so he and the cat fought; but there was no victor. They decided to get the fox to settle their quarrel. The fox proposed they simply divide the cheese. The dog and cat agreed. After the fox divided the cheese in half, the dog protested that his portion was smaller. The cat agreed, and the fox bit off some of the cat's share. The cat then protested that his portion was now too small. The fox agreed and took a bite from the dog's portion. This squabbling went on so long that eventually the fox had eaten all the cheese.