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Hillel grants financial aid for scholarly and professional studies, including matriculation preparations, preparations for psychometric examinations, professional training, and B.A. and M.A. programs. Higher education is increasingly necessary for many people seeking to integrate successfully into any modern society, therefore Hillel invests significant instructional efforts and financial resources in helping those who leave Hassidic society to overcome their educational shortcomings and adjust to ordinary life in Israel.
A yeshiva student who studies mainly religious texts and lives in a Hassidic environment, reaches 18 years of age with approximately the same amounts of general information and educational training that are acquired by public school students who finish the fourth grade. Accordingly, he has no knowledge of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, literature, citizenship, biology, or economics. Therefore he lacks the professional, academic, and social skills necessary to live in Israel's modern and mostly secular society.