In this parasha, Hashem continues describing the Mishkan (Tabernacle) to Moshe; the people worship the Aygel Hazahav (Golden Calf), Moshe pleads on their behalf, and Hashem forgives them.
This parasha contains one of the famous passages about the Shabbat, one which we recite in the Shabbat morning kiddush (31:12-17). The commentators ask why this section is here in the middle of particulars related to building the Mishkan. Further, the words come across as harsh: anyone who profanes the Shabbat shall surely be put to death!?! Read more >