In this portion we learn about commandments, precepts, statutes and judgments. There are many difficult topics in this Parasha, including seventy-two commandments, both positive and negative, as counted by Maimonides. Some of these are laws about capturing foreign women, the rights of the first-born, wayward and rebellious sons, caring for the dead, returning lost objects, the care for birds and their young, protecting people from injury by placing a fence around the roof.
We are not to mix wool and linen. An ox and an ass (donkey) are not to be yoked together just as we are not to be unequally yoked. There are laws that relate to penalties for adultery, rape and marriage to a Moabite or Ammonite.
We are to keep the camp pure, pay workers on time and not turn in an escaped slave. Proper treatment of a debtor and not charging interest on loans are discussed.
Finally, the portion ends with the commandment to not forget who Amalek was and what he did to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.
We continue to look towards the High Holy Days, and remember we are in the midst of the month of ELUL, when we are to look deeply into our soul and ask ourselves where we are in our walk with HaShem.