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I just recently learned about this site when I saw Judaism was one of the stack overflow topics. I have been Jewish all my life and two years ago I started programming.

I was wondering if there would be any problems with programming, because when you write computer code you are essentially mimicking Gods creation of the world. You code(say) something and it appears much like how God said "let there be light" and there was light.

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if you are asking whether writing computer code is somehow against jewish law, the answer is "no." if you are asking something else, you might wish to clarify your question. – Danno Aug 19 '12 at 19:38
user1233418 Welcome to Mi Yodeya and thank you for bringing your question here. Perhaps consider choosing a more meaningful name (unless you have a special attachment to 1233418). I look forward to seeing you around! – Double AA Aug 19 '12 at 19:40
Jews have a pretty long history of programming and working with computers. Between Feynman and, uh, my dad, I'd say that, regardless of whether programming violates halakha, it doesn't violate Jewish traditions. – Avi Apr 23 '13 at 23:51
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No. There is no problem with programming in Judaism. As far as mimicking G-d's creation, we do that all the time: all craftsmen create things. In fact, we are commanded to mimic G-d in certain ways:

Leviticus 19:2 from Mechon Mamre.

-קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ: כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם.
-Ye shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy.

And thanks to DoubleAA for reminding me about: Deuteronomy 28:9 from Chabad.org

יְקִימְךָ יְ־הֹוָ־ה לוֹ לְעַם קָדוֹשׁ כַּאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לָךְ כִּי תִשְׁמֹר אֶת מִצְוֹת יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְהָלַכְתָּ בִּדְרָכָיו:

The Lord will establish you as His holy people as He swore to you, if you observe the commandments of the Lord, your God, and walk in His ways.

Now, remember that human beings cannot really mimic G-d's creation at all. G-d creates from nothing (ex nihilo) while we simply modify and work with things that already exist.

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Moreover, והלכת בדרכיו (Deu 28:9) – Double AA Aug 19 '12 at 22:10
@DoubleAA Thanks! I knew there was another quote, it just escaped me. – HodofHod Aug 19 '12 at 22:23
I'd say you "make," not "create." And, I think it's not merely a distinction without a difference. – H3br3wHamm3r81 Apr 11 '13 at 20:20
@H3br3w If you're using "create" to mean "ex nihilo" then of course. But that's not the only use of the word. (Semantics) – HodofHod Apr 11 '13 at 20:30
C.f. R.J.B.Soloveitchik: The first Adam, or "majestic man," employs his creative faculties in order to master his environment as mandated by God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonely_Man_of_Faith – Ariel K May 29 '13 at 18:18

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