Argentina’s President Adopts Jewish Boy – To Prevent Him from Becoming a Werewolf



In one of the world’s more strange traditions, Argentina’s President Christina Fernández de Kirchner adopted a young Jewish boy as her godson to prevent him from turning into a werewolf last week.

You read that right.

Fernández met with Yair Tawil and his family to observe the more than 100-year-old Argentinian tradition. According to legend, the seventh son born to a family turns into a ferocious “el lobison,” or a werewolf, revealing his true nature on the first Friday after his 13th birthday.

To quell the fear, the tradition first began in 1907 and is now customary for the seventh sons and daughters to be adopted by the president and also receive a gold medal and full educational scholarship – to ward off those wolf-like tendencies. But the adoption is the least unusual component of the story, as Tawil is the first Jewish boy to be adopted. Traditionally, the custom only applied to Catholic children until 2009. Read more at The Independent.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. One has however noticed a few who turned into werewolves after being shown their fiscal future.

    We need to be very careful that we do get educated in this world.

    Silver bullets can be the end of a bad year.

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    Rabbeinu Ephraim ben Shimshon, one of the Tosafists, wrote about werewolves. Rabbeinu Ephraim refers to werewolves in a curious discussion about Yaakov’s son Benjamin. In this week’sparashah, the Torah relates how Yaakov repeatedly expressed concern about Benjamin’s brothers taking him down to Egypt, “lest an accident befall him.” Rabbeinu Ephraim explains this concern to relate to the description of Benjamin as “a predatory wolf” (Genesis 49:27), understanding it very literally:

    Another explanation: Benjamin was a “predatory wolf,” sometimes preying upon people. When it was time for him to change into a wolf, as it says, “Benjamin is a predatory wolf,” as long as he was with his father, he could rely upon a physician, and in that merit he did not change into a wolf. For thus it says, “And he shall leave his father and die” (Gen. 44:22)—namely, that when he separates from his father, and turns into a wolf with travelers, whoever finds him will kill him. (Rabbeinu Ephraim, commentary to Genesis 44:29)
    Elsewhere in the manuscript of Rabbeinu Ephraim’s commentary, there is further discussion about werewolves attributed to “a writer from Ashkenaz” (apparently disciples of Rabbeinu Ephraim, or other scholars from the region):

    An earlier comment makes use of the albam system of letter substitution, whereby the Hebrew alphabet is split into two parts, and each letter is replaced by the corresponding letter in the other part. Based on this system, the word tzelem, “image,” as in “man was created in the image of God,” converts to ze’ev, “wolf,” which is explained to have great significance:

    Tzelem is ze’ev in the albam system; therefore, those people who change into wolves were created as such from the Six Days of Creation, and do not return to their earlier state until they have eaten the blood of a man or woman. (Commentary to Genesis 2:28)