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Moshe conducts a census by counting each silver half-shekel
donated by all men, age twenty and over.

Moshe is commanded to make a copper laver for the Mishkan.
The women donate the necessary metal.  The formula of the anointing oil is specified, and G-d instructs Moshe to use this oil only for dedicating the Mishkan, its vessels, and Aharon and his sons.

G-d selects Betzalel and Oholiav to be the master craftsmen for the Mishkan and its vessels.  The Jewish People are commanded to keep the Sabbath as an eternal sign that G-d made the world.

Moshe receives the two Tablets of Testimony
on which are written the Ten Commandments.

The mixed multitude who left Egypt with the Jewish People panic
when Moshe's descent seems delayed, and force Aharon to make
a golden calf for them to worship.  Aharon stalls and tries to
delay them.  G-d tells Moshe to return to the people immediately,
threatening to destroy everyone and build a new nation from Moshe.

When Moshe sees the spree of idol-worship, he smashes the tablets,
and destroys the golden calf.  The tribe of Levi volunteer to punish
the transgressors, executing 3,000 men.  Moshe ascends the mountain to
pray for forgiveness for the people, and G-d accepts his prayer.

  Moshe sets up the Mishkan, and G-d's cloud of glory returns.
Moshe asks G-d to show him the rules by which He conducts
the world, but is granted only a small portion of this request.
G-d tells Moshe to hew new tablets, and reveals to him
the text of the prayer that will invoke His mercy.

Idol worship, intermarriage, and the combination of milk and meat
are prohibited.  The laws of Pesach, the first-born, the first-fruits,
Shabbos, Shavuos and Succos are taught.

When Moshe descends with the second set of tablets,
his face is luminous as a result of contact with the Divine.