Halachah of the Week

(2004/5765) Many people eat natural peanut butter that
contains no hydrogenated oils. This appears to be a wise
choice, as avoiding hydrogenated oils seems to fulfill the
Mitzvah of Vinishmartem Meod Linafshoteichem
(maintaining our health). Indeed, Rav Hershel Schachter
stated at a convention of the National Council of Young
Israel Rabbis that Rabbanim should urge their constituents
to make healthy choices regarding the foods they
consume. Natural peanut butter, though, must be stirred
before use because the oil and peanut butter separate
during shipping and storage. It is possible that this stirring
might constitute a biblically forbidden act of Lishah,
kneading, on Shabbat. Consult your local Rav for a ruling.

Halachah of the Week

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