If one makes a mistake in saying a Bracha (like he started saying a bracha and remembered that he shouldn't say it) after saying "Baruch Atah Hashem", he should finish it off with "lamdeini chukecha" so as to be saying a pasuk from Tehillim 119.

However, before Birkas HaTorah one can't say verses. So what (if anything) should he do (he can't even say "Baruch Sheim" [which is what one should do if he says an unnecessary bracha] since it's a quote from the Gemara)?

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    How can he say Al Netillas Yadayim beforehand as it is also a quote from a gemara? – Double AA Apr 7 '13 at 7:09
  • "However, before Birkas HaTorah one can't say verses." This is a machlokes haposkim (see Shulchan Aruch and Rama OC 46:9). Regarding "Baruch Sheim", the Mishna Berura seems to imply that the Rama holds that it may be recited before Birkas HaTorah even according to the stringent opinion. | Are you asking if avoiding a b'racha l'vatala take precedence over reciting a pasuk before Birkas HaTorah? – Fred Apr 8 '13 at 0:52
  • @Fred re the last question: yes (there are sources suggesting that both issues are deoraysa). – Shmuel Brin Apr 8 '13 at 3:07
  • @Fred I don't see a b'racha l'vatala here. There's no Malchus. – Double AA Aug 4 '14 at 13:41
  • @DoubleAA True, assuming he doesn't continue. He would still be מוציא שם שמים לבטלה though. – Fred Aug 21 '14 at 21:21

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