People of all faiths should not shun or avoid secular sciences. Some found the solution in isolation, wearing unique uniforms for distinguishing communities. Maimonides found a different solution. He emphasized in the study of science. To him it was not a suggestion but an obligation. Even if it is from non-Jews. The Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 16a, states: “He who pronounces a word of wisdom, even of non-Jews, is called a wise man.”
In his commentary on Aphorisms of Hippocrates, one of ten books on medicine, Maimonides writes that one should allow 15-20 minutes for the body to digests which registers satisfaction. Morden science have found his to be true. Otherwise our bodies repel and we become overstuffed. This is matters of life and death.
There is also Dr. Pasteur who discovered the Seder Mo’ed (83b): “If someone is bitten by a mad dog [affected with rabies, he should be fed the lobe of that dog’s liver.” This suggest that the Talmudic rabbis and sages knew about antibodies. His saved millions of lives of non-Jews.
But the question remains. Why didn’t the sage reveal this wisdom to non-Jews? The answer may be found in culture and customs regarding non-Jews.
For example, the Satmarer Rebbe taught that Chasidim should only read books titled by the orthodox faith. Which is good. But Maimonides said, “The truth is the truth no matter what its source.” Even if it is from the Greek pagan Aristotle.
For the Ramban writes, he “who makes up his mind to study Torah and not work, but lives on charity, profanes the name of G-d, brings the Torah into contempt, extinguishes the light of religion, brings evil upon himself, and deprives himself of life hereafter.”
That is not to diminish Torah study. Certainly the study of the Torah or Talmud are of most importance. What he was saying that one should have another occupation other than being a rabbi. In fact Maimonides said that one can only attain a place in the World to Come if they develop their intellect.
Near the end of his Guide, the Rambam writes that Talmudist stumble about G-d’s palace, never quite finding the entrance. This illiterates his point that an occupation is required for a good life. As the Torah desires. G-d does not want people to just sit around and attribute nothing. Though pious piety is good, G-d wouldn’t be pleased if we never donated to charity. A good. Needless to say the Talmud puts a lot of emphasis on giving to charity.
John Adam, Second president of the United States said:
“I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations ...
They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern.”
John Adams would later say, “It was the Jews who have introduced morality into a world where the Greek and Romans were accustomed to tossing babies into the river. In addition to this, the Jews brought the sanctity of life, ethics, and monotheism.”