There is a minhag to fast when a Sefer Torah is dropped. Does this apply if the dropped Torah was pasul (not "kosher")?

My thinking - a pasul Torah is not a "true" Torah in the sense that it can be used for congregational reading. However, it still maintains its holiness and it needs to be buried if one wants to "dispose" it. But, despite that, perhaps, the minhag applies only to usable Sifrei Torah?

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    1. What kind of a pesul are we talking about? 2. Does the minhag apply to an 85-letter scroll, or only a full one?
    – DonielF
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 18:48
  • @DonielF You completely lost me. Please explain why these make a difference.
    – DanF
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 22:15
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    If it has more than 85 letters, it may still have kedushah depending on the pesul (i.e. are Parsha breaks messed up, or were the Sheimos written improperly?)
    – DonielF
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 22:18
  • Technically, even a Chumash that has all 5 books is a pasul Sefer Torah, from what I remember.
    – Lo ani
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:14

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The Maharsham Daas Torah says that one should fast when a Pasul Sefer Torah falls, and that seems to be the opinion of most Poskim quoted in Nitei Gavriel.

  • Is this assuming it had once been kosher?
    – Double AA
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 22:38
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    @DoubleAA - The Daas Torah's sources seem to be talking about when they started off as Kosher Sifrei Torah. Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 23:33

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