After God's revelation on Mount Sinai, Moshe instructs the people about several new laws. Three sacred festivals are instituted: Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. The Lord promises the Holy Land to the Bnei Israel and warns them not to follow other gods. Aharon and Chur remain as guardians of the Hebrews while Moshe is called by God to receive the divine teaching in writing.
Once again, the Torah places us in a situation where it recommends, instructs, and guides us on the path of humility. It's challenging to uphold humility in a society where, for instance, when people make a donation, they demand recognition or are offered it, or a plaque is directly placed, displaying: "This person donated such and such." When an individual donates a building, a synagogue, or some other element to the temple, it's always clear that a gratitude plaque should be present. It's often mentioned that a certain person or family or families made the donation. The question is whether this is humility. The question is whether, when we make a donation because we want to contribute and make something work, we need to prove to people or show people that we are doing it. It's different when we do it in memory of someone who is no longer with us, and through that donation and its mention, what we're doing is elevating their soul to a slightly closer level to the Creator.
“And these are the laws that you are to put in front of them.”
Thus begins this week's parashah. After the ascent to Sinai and before the second description of the delivery of the Torah, we have the first enumeration of laws for our people, for this mass of people who seem willing to form a people and learn to live together and organize themselves.