Recently the Jewish world news outlets reported on the “adoption” of an Orthodox boy from Argentina, to prevent him from becoming a werewolf.
President Christina Fernandez of Argentina met with her new godson, Yair Tawil, son of Shlomo and Nehama Tawil.
Tawil was adopted under a law passed in the 1920s to counteract a legend that a seventh son born after six boys with no girls in between becomes a werewolf whose bite can turn others into a werewolf. Belief in the legend was once so widespread that families were abandoning, giving up for adoption and even killing their own sons.
Under the law, the boys receive presidential protection, a gold medal and a scholarship for all studies until their 21st birthday. Until 2009, the law only applied to Catholic boys.
Shlomo and Nehama Tawil, parents of seven boys, in 1993 wrote a letter to the president asking for the honor and were denied. But this year, Yair wrote a letter to the president citing the 2009 decree and asking for the designation of godson.
This Chanukah, he became the first Jewish godson of a president in Argentina’s history. Fernandez received Yair, his parents and three of his brothers in her office, where they lit Hanukkah candles together.
Interestingly, Shliach and lecturer Rabbi Mendel Kaplan has dedicated two classes to this topic in his weekly class that airs on Jewish.tv.
Rabbi Kaplan discovered an interesting commentary on the verse comparing Binyomin to a wolf, which discusses the idea of him turning into an… actual wolf. He then delves into a Sicho of the Rebbe explaining how indeed Binyomin possesses the extraordinary qualities of self-transformation.