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).
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    Dec 24, 2018 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! Dec 24, 2018 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, 2018 at 1:13

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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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