Is studying God's world a waste of time?

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    Abelleh
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    I was wondering how some people can consider studying God’s brilliant (sometimes referred to as science) world a waste of time? After all, if he did create it for us, shouldn’t we learn about it?

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    tro11
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    Yes if that interests you.

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    Josh31
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    Devarim 4:32 encourages inquiring about all that came before you from creation onwards, and from the end of the heaven to the end of the heaven.

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    sam4321
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    If in that time you could be learning Torah surely you should learn. since one was commanded to learn Torah and not other subjects(unless necessary for Torah learning.

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    Abelleh
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    I don’t think many people would argue with that. But I was shocked to see some people say studying science is bitul torah. Another issue that could arise is the contradictions that arise between science and Chazal. chazal thought lice spontaneously generate, eating rotted fish was healthy, and the sun travels under a firmament at night, etc. But i doubt this would be much of a problem, seeing as the rishonim cover it from almost all angles.

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    sam4321
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    Its all relative,it all depends where a person is holding in life.If one is learning all day then to him it is,but if a person is not learning anyways and by learning these topics will help strengthen their emunah then why not.

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    am yisrael chai
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    I believe it was Rav Hutner ztz”l who said that his objection to YU’s ???? ???? (Torah and science) slogan is that it makes it seem as if science is not part of Torah…

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    bombmaniac
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    Abellah why chould they not have been wrong?

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    If you study the Torah, you will learn *all* about Hashem’s world.

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    am yisrael chai
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    tte

    Sorry, I didn’t learn much calculus in Torah shiur.

    Perhaps I was absent that day.

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    Learn Torah and you’ll learn math.

    Learn some more Torah. 🙂

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    am yisrael chai
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    tte

    One can learn some math within Torah; however, show me where I can learn about functions, integration, disks and shells.

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    or about nouns and pronouns.

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    ronrsr
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    Why would He have created such an orderly, ruled world and given us curiosity and a big brain, then not expected us to study it?

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