WTF? Did Argentina’s president really save a Jew from becoming a werewolf?

Yair Tawil meets with Argentinian President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner. (photo credit: JTA/Twitter)

Last week, JTA published an unusual item about a werewolf legend that generated headlines worldwide. The item was about Yair Tawil, the first Jewish man adopted as a godson by Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The adoption took place under a longstanding custom that presidents adopt the seventh son (born to a family with no daughters in between) to counter a legend that once led families to put their seventh sons up for adoption, abandon them or even kill them out of fear they would become werewolves. The custom originated in the early 20th century and was made the law of the land in the 1970s (in our original report, we erred in stating the law dates from the 1920s).

Until 2009, the law had been restricted to Catholics. Tawil was the first Jew adopted under the law, though by the time of his adoption he was already a grown man. Typically, the law is applied to babies…

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    So at the end of Hanukah, you make a wish and blow out the menorah?
    Awesome!
    So what did Kirchner wish for; a functioning economy for her country?

    • Frau Katze

      Good point about Argentina,

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Some Argentines without means do it
    And they say in Boston even beans do it.
    Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.

  • ontario john

    Well if Wynne can become Premier of Ontario, then i guess anything is possible.

    • Frau Katze

      Reality isn’t what it used to be.

      • simus1

        Reality is if you don’t offend Bay Street and other big rent seekers too much, your path remains fairly smooth.

    • WalterBannon

      isn’t wynne a werewolf too?

      or does she just not own a razor?

  • simus1

    Argentina’s presidents have always been “special”.

    • Clausewitz

      You don’t “have” to be crazy to be el Presidente in Argentina per say, but it sure helps.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Let me sing you song of my people

  • Ridiculous superstition – I am surprised the Jewish family chose to align with that, since they are apparently religious (Chabad?).