When dropping a Sefer Torah, the custom is to fast, but what is the minhag if I trip and fall while holding a Sefer Torah?

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    Why should this be any different? Either way it’s an accident (hopefully). – DonielF Dec 24 '18 at 1:35
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    @Shonrabino in this imaginary event, did the person holding the Torah manage to avoid having the Sefer come into contact with the floor? That would be an interesting question indeed! – Josh K Dec 24 '18 at 19:02
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    @JoshK That's not imaginary. I've seen two case were people tripped but landed sitting down still holding the Torah and it did not hit the floor. – DanF Dec 26 '18 at 1:13

The concept of fasting after dropping a Sefer Torah during a minyon , c”v, is a mitzvah, not a custom (minhag).

Regarding fasting, in general in this generation, the practice is to be lenient.

If you go to a Posek today and ask such a question, if there is a way to release you from, or to make an exchange for, or to minimize your fasting, that is likely the reply you will receive.

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