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Can an Orthodox Jew choose to delve into a comprehensive intellectual life?

According to halacha, can an Orthodox Jew strive to be a highly knowledgeable individual in various fields of knowledge, including in-depth knowledge of other religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.), profound understanding of secular philosophy, Eastern philosophy, etc.? Can they also diligently study the history and culture of various other peoples?

Who are the main rabbis throughout history who encouraged Jews to become polymaths?

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