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I've been to various minyanim in my neighborhood. I gather that a minyan is allowed to daven Ma'ariv once shki'ah has occurred.

What I have seen is that both minyanim began Mincha before shki'ah and ended after shki'ah. One minyan, consistently begins Ma'ariv immediately, while in the other, the rav gives a 5-10 minute shiur, and he almost always announces, "it's not yet time to daven Ma'ariv."

I'm not sure what he means by "not yet time", as they daven Ma'ariv between Shki'ah and tzet, which is about an hour span. But, I'm curious if there is technically any halachic requirement to wait between Mincha and Ma'ariv at all, assuming that it is the permissible time to daven Ma'ariv.

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    Need some more context to work out the exact minhag of the shul, but in general: There is a preference that if davening maariv before nightfall, mincha should be before plag and maariv after, to avoid tarti d'sasri (-halachic term for self contradicting activity; in this context, relying on the opinions that it is still day to daven mincha, but relying on the dissenting views that it is already night to daven maariv) – chortkov2 Jul 11 at 19:05
  • To actually finish Mincha before sunset and start Maariv after without a break would be miraculous. – Double AA Jul 11 at 19:16
  • @DoubleAA Is there anything wrong with having sunset happen in the middle of aleinu, or kaddish after aleinu? – Heshy Jul 11 at 19:27
  • @DoubleAA he specifically stated that both minyanim finish after sunset – רבות מחשבות Jul 11 at 19:28
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    @Heshy is there anything wrong with skipping those entirely? A hundred years ago most places didn't say Alenu at Mincha if continuing into Maariv – Double AA Jul 11 at 19:35

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