Our portion speaks about the civil laws and immediately follows the instruction to build an altar. You shall make me an altar of stones…And these are the civil laws you shall set before them… We learn from here, explains Rashi, that we are to place the Sanhedrin – the court deciding the law, adjacent to the altar. In sliding between literal geography and literary geography, Rashi is trying to show us, explains Shai Cherry, how the Torah points to the unity between monotheism and ethics.