The United for Protection campaign says:
In the times of the Baal Shem Tov a terrible disease swept through his town of Mezibush. (…)
Only by uniting together in the creation of a new Torah scroll, he explained, would the town be spared. (…)
Miraculously, as the Torah was written, the community began to heal. This scroll became known as the “Miracle Sefer Torah.”
Baal Shem Tov (…) lived in Medzhybizh from about 1742 until his death in 1760.
There could have been a minor outbreak during his time there, since the plague lingered on:
Between 1701 and 1750, 37 larger and smaller epidemics were recorded in Constantinople, and 31 between 1751 and 1800.
Still, with my inability to find any other references than those pointing to the campaign, I ask:
- What sources do we have for this story about the Baal Shem Tov?