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According to Chabadpedia, the following comprises the signature of Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov:

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Is this actually the Baal Shem Tov's signature? Where was it copied from? The article does not say, and I am curious as to whether or not we know for certain that this is his.


Note: I asked this question on Mi Yodeya, but was told that it falls outside the parameters of that Stack Exchange. This is a shame, since it strikes me as the most appropriate place to ask a question of this nature. For those who are interested, here is a good article on the man in question. It makes no reference to his signature.

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    To the best of my knowledge there is no surviving record of his hand writing, only of people close to him who wrote for and about him. The Chabad organization do claim to have one such document, an epistle ("igeret" in Hebrew), written in Besht's hand writing, but its authenticity has long been disputed. I'm not posting this as answer, as I cannot currently find any legitimate source other than this Hebrew article from an ultra-Orthodox news site about the controversy surrounding the inclusion of the document in a 2010 exhibition. – Boaz Jul 3 '18 at 10:47

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