Brachot that do not begin with "Baruch Atah" are generally supposed to follow another Beracha (see Berachot 46a, Mishneh Torah, Berachot 11:1 for more information).

If one is in the middle of reciting one, and then realises that the preceding beracha was invalid for some reason (beracha levatala, beracha she'en tzericha, not pronounced properly etc.), what should one do assuming they haven't said Baruch Ata Ado-nai at the end yet?

In the case that they are not a beracha hasemucha lachaverta, maybe the halacha is to continue (what if it is?), but as one hasn't said Baruch Ata Ado-nai yet, perhaps they are supposed to stop.

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    Note, the example given (Elokai Neshama), is actually the subject of debate, whether or not it needs to be recited as a "beracha ha'semucha le'chaverta". See Tur (OC 6) who opines that it does NOT need to be recited immediately after "Asher Yatzar". This is also codified in Shulchan Aruch (OC 6:3). However see Misheh Berurah (ad loc. 12) who posits that it's preferable to conform to all opinions and recite it immediately after "Asher Yatzar". Apr 21 at 14:38
  • Yes ty, as specified in the body of the question, I would like a comprehensive answer dealing with all possibilities of these types of beracha
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 21 at 14:44
  • I understand that that's what you are asking. However I feel that to head your question with an example that is the matter of debate, is a poor choice of an example. Apr 21 at 14:50
  • I am actually most interested in the example that is a matter of debate
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 21 at 14:53
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    That's strange. If the accepted Halacha [Tur and Shulchan Aruch (and others)] agrees that it doesn't need to be "semucha le'chaverta", then why would it matter if the "Asher Yatzar" was possibly invalid? Apr 21 at 15:01


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