Tomorrow, synagogues across the world will read the opening chapters of the book of Exodus, but will follow it with different supplemental readings from the Prophets. Ashkenazim will read a passage from Isaiah, condemning sin but also promising redemption. For their part, Sephardim will read the opening chapter of Jeremiah, which begins thus:
Bookends to the Jews' First Experience with Statehood
Moses inaugurated Jewish national independence. The prophet Jeremiah comes to oversee its collapse.