Which forgeries have successfully fooled significant sectors of Jews before being revealed as forgeries. I.e. works falsely attributed to someone besides the real author.

I can think of the Besamim Rosh, Auerbach Eshkol (which few still dispute is a forgery), and the Friedlander Yerushalmi on Kodashim. Are there any others?

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    What do you mean by forgery. Falsifying the name of the writer, or writing/popularizing false information? – user6591 Apr 2 '15 at 2:05
  • @user6591 I meant the former. what would be an example of the latter? – mevaqesh Apr 2 '15 at 4:07
  • eldad hadani comes to mind. Things like that. – user6591 Apr 2 '15 at 10:31
  • Well the yerushalmi was also the latter, no? Or maybe he was just melaket different things – sam Apr 2 '15 at 19:32
  • @user6591 Eldad hadani attributed his book of shchita to Yehoshua, didnt he? – mevaqesh Apr 2 '15 at 20:45

The Haggadah of the Maharal, to the extent that it is not just collecting comments of the Maharal from elsewhere, was a forgery, and was generally accepted as being from the Maharal. I heard that the Radzhyner Haggada to this day cites the Maharal Haggada as a source that one must drink the kos shel Elyahu as a fifth cup, despite that the Maharal himself in Gevuros Hashem writes that one may drink a fifth cup if he wants to and does not relate it to the kos shel Elyahu.

  • Where can I find more info on this? – user6591 Apr 2 '15 at 23:06
  • @user6591 Shnayer Leiman has some stuff about it. Moriah had an article about it once. – Y     e     z Apr 3 '15 at 4:19
  • hebrewbooks.org/2408 @user6591 – Double AA Apr 3 '15 at 8:32
  • @Yez this single discrepancy is evidence enough to label the entire work a forgery? – user6591 Apr 3 '15 at 11:34
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    @yEz If it was widely accepted, it must be authentic, even with seemingly anachronistic references and exceedingly late discovery with no good back-story. To think otherwise is to essentially question the entire Jewish Mesorah. – Double AA Apr 6 '15 at 6:45

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