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The Rosh in Berachos ch. 4 siman 2 writes .וי"ל דנהי שהיא רשות אין לבטלה אם לא מפני צורך שעה כגון מפני מצוה עוברת ושרי המייניה דלא מטרחינן ליה בפ"ק דשבת דף ט: וכן עלה על מטתו בירושלמי דאין מטריחין אותו לירד Granted that [maariv] is optional, [nonetheless] one may not omit it without a timely reason, such as a time-sensitive mitzvah, or [the case of] ...


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The Shulchan Arukh (OC 487:1) rules this way, and the Magen Avraham there notes the reason is that the first night of Pesach is a Leil Shimmurim (cf. Exodus 12:42) ("a guarded night") and Mei'ein Sheva was only enacted because of dangers at night (so that no one would take too long praying and leave by himself and be harmed), but there is no need to worry ...



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