Where is the source for God reaching under His throne to give us the wonderful gift of teshuva, repentance?

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Presumably the reference is to Sanhedrin 103a:

אמר רבי יוחנן משום רבי שמעון בן יוחי: מאי דכתיב וישמע אליו ויחתר לו, ויעתר לו מיבעי ליה! - מלמד שעשה לו הקדוש ברוך הוא כמין מחתרת ברקיע, כדי לקבלו בתשובה, מפני מדת הדין.

Said Rabbi Yohanan in the name of Rabbi Shimon ben Yohai: what is the meaning of that which is written (II Chronicles 33:13) 'and He was entreated of him, and dug for him' [ויחתר]? It should have said: 'and heard his supplication' [ויעתר]! This teaches that the Holy One, blessed is he made the likeness of a tunnel in the heaven in order to to accept him in his return (t'shuva).

The Yerushalmi Sanhedrin (10:2) specifies that this tunnel was under the kisse hakavod:

מה עשה לו הקדוש ברוך הוא חתר לו חתירה מתחת כסא הכבוד שלו

What did God do for him? He dug him a tunnel under his throne of glory...

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