Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez recently announced that she has adopted a young Jewish man named Yair Tawil as her godson. More intriguing than the fact that she adopted a fully grown young man rather than a baby is the fact that she has done so to prevent him from turning into a werewolf.
There was an official adoption ceremony held at the president’s office. President Fernandez and Yair's family lit Hanukkah candles together using a menorah from Israel presented to her by the Tawil family.
The godson adoption took place to combat famous local folklore.
According to Argentinean legend, the seventh son born to a family will transform into the feared "el lobison," or a werewolf, on the first Friday after the boy's 13th birthday and every full moon after.
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In the 19th century, many Argentinean families began abandoning and murdering their baby boys. In 1907, the tradition of the incumbent president adopting such doomed babies and hence taking them in their protection, started.
In 1973, President Juan Domingo Peron formally established the tradition and even included baby girls in it.
From there onwards, seventh sons or daughters now gain the president as their official godparent, a gold medal and a full educational scholarship until the age of 21.
Yair Tawil, the seventh son of a Chabad Lubavitch family, is the first Jewish boy to be adopted, as the tradition only applied to Catholic children until 2009.
The story of his adoption is also an interesting one. His parents requested the president in 1993 to adopt Yair, but they were denied on religious grounds.
But Yair, unwilling to give up and hopeful after the 2009 decision, wrote to Fernandez asking to be adopting, and was finally granted his request.
This isn’t the first extraordinary case of adoption for the president. Earlier this year she became the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a rare baptism performed by the Catholic Church, which is staunchly opposed to gay marriage.