Is a jew allowed to learn secular studies and science? Is there a prohibition against learning any secular subjects and/or science?

  • Related (if not duplicate): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/62399/15256 – Kazi bácsi Jul 24 '18 at 8:04
  • also related – msh210 Jul 24 '18 at 8:05
  • Pirkei Avot (forgot exactly where) mentions the importance of learning geometry and some other "secular" subjects. That and some basic algebra are actually necessary. Geometry e.g. needed for building a succah. Algebra for calculating ma'aser and other percentages and fractions for example. Also, obviously some form of astronomy was needed all along for blessing the New Moon. – DanF Jul 25 '18 at 2:56

Let me summarize it for you in one sentence:
It's not about what you learn, it is about why you learn it.

  • If you learn science to help you with the understanding of Halachic topics, or for observing Mitzvot, or for making your living - it is not only allowed but necessary and obligatory.

  • If you learn for to stray away from the Jewish tradition or things that will drag you from the path of the just - you are strictly forbidden to do so.

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    Please provide sources of any sort, otherwise you will continually get downvoted by the community!! (Not to mention that your answer is not useful for someone who does not trust your expertise in Judaism...) – רבות מחשבות Jul 25 '18 at 15:12
  • Most people don't science learn for either of these reasons but to gain knowledge and the a ability to think critically about subjects of study that differ from Torah. Also for the reason of having knowledge which goes towards earning parnossa. – Dude Jul 25 '18 at 16:20
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    @Dude It all boils down to either pro-Torah or cons-Torah. Each one has to decide for himself. You are right, most people are so self-unaware they don't spend much time thinking of it. The last one I addressed in the answer. – Al Berko Jul 25 '18 at 19:50
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    @alberko you are allowed to continue to produce poor quality posts. Your announcing your intention to do so doesn't make them better. (Seems like a waste of your time.) – Double AA Jul 26 '18 at 16:39
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    @ribbis he can post without sources, it will just not be of much value. If you link to a random anonymous blog that will also be of little value. The goal is to be well sourced, not just sourced somewhere. – Double AA Jul 26 '18 at 16:40

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