"Rebbe, I am a sinner. I would like to return, to do teshuvah!"
R. Israel of Ryzhin looked at the man before him. He did not understand what the man wanted. "So why don't you do teshuvah?"
"Rebbe, I do not know how!"
R. Israel retorted. "How did you know to sin?"
The remorseful sinner answered simply. "I acted, and then I realized that I had sinned."
"Well," said the Rebbe, "the same applies to teshuvah, repent and the rest will follow of itself!"

Revelation is the foundation of religion.

Revelation constitutes the basic premises of religion:

(a) There is the Revealer. G‑d exists. He is real.

(b) G‑d speaks to man. G‑d not only exists, He also cares. He is a personal G‑d.

There is hashgachah (Divine Providence).

Because G‑d cares, like a loving and concerned parent cares for his child, He reveals to us what we should know about reality. He guides us and teaches us the way wherein we are to walk and the acts that we must do.

This is Torah, the "Tree of Life to those who hold fast to it." G‑d's word, the Revelation, is called Torah. For Torah means instruction; It instructs and reveals that which was hidden, unknown. It teaches man to walk in the right path. In counsels him how to return to his Master.

Revelation, the Torah in all its immensity of 248 commandments and 365 prohibitions, is realistic. It is not alien to man and physical reality. It is not superimposed from without. It is not hidden from you nor far off. It is not in the heavens that you should say: Who shall go up for us to the heavens? Neither is it beyond the sea that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us? It is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart that you may do it.

Torah is not attached to the world.

It precedes and transcends the world. It is the blueprint for Creation. The Holy One, blessed be He, looked into the Torah and created the world.

The universe, man, all that exists, was created, fashioned and made on the basis of, and suited to, the contents and requirements of Torah. This allows for the possibility, and thus the demand, that man - every one of us - can live up to the obligations and ideals of Torah. (As our sages tell us "The Holy One, blessed be He, does not impose burdensome precepts upon His creatures; He comes to man according to his own strength .. according to the ability of each individual.")

We are bound up with Torah in a reciprocal relationship.

As Torah is the blueprint for the universe, the universe reflects all components of Torah. And as it is with the macrocosm, so it is with the microcosm, with man.

The human body and the human soul reflect the 613 precepts: 248 organs corresponding to the 248 commandments; 365 veins corresponding to the 365 prohibitions.

Observance of the positive precepts animates the relative organs, attaches them to Divinity and elicits for them Divine illumination, vitality and energy.

Observance of the prohibitions protects the relative veins and vessels against contamination, against influences alien to their nature and purpose.