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It is written “they have abandoned Me and have not observed My Torah” (Jeremiah 16, 11)
G-d says “if only Me they would abandon but My Torah they would observe.” G-d declares that it would be better not to believe in G-d but to observe Torah.
What is the source for this Midrash?
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Eicha Rabbah Petichta 2
רַבִּי הוּנָא וְרַבִּי יִרְמְיָה בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי חִיָּא בַּר אַבָּא אָמְרֵי, כְּתִיב (ירמיה טז, יא): וְאֹתִי עָזָבוּ וְאֶת תּוֹרָתִי לֹא שָׁמָרוּ, הַלְוַאי אוֹתִי עָזָבוּ וְתוֹרָתִי שָׁמָרוּ, מִתּוֹךְ שֶׁהָיוּ מִתְעַסְּקִין בָּהּ הַמָּאוֹר שֶׁבָּהּ הָיָה מַחֲזִירָן לְמוּטָב.
Rabbi Huna and Rabbi Yirmiyah, quoting Rabbi Hiyya Bar Abba say: (Jeremiah 16:11) "They deserted Me and did not keep My Torah" "If only they deserted me but kept My Torah! As they busied themselves with it, the illumination within it would have brought them back to goodness." (translation; Sefaria)
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