The first aliyah (section) is about the counting of the Jewish nation through everyone giving half a shekel to have a part in the building of the Temple. The Temple, where the Ketores (spice offering) was offered, is a place of life and of transcending the boundaries of mortality. The Torah also fills the world with sweet fragrance and vitality. Both the Ketores and the Torah stop the angel of death from carrying out a plague on the Jewish people. Before we have the story of the sin of the golden calf which brought death back into the world, the Torah puts the section explaining the Ketores and the anointing oil which represent eternity and immortality.