Q In our Shul we daven these days Mincha before the Shekia and Maariv right after. Sometimes, the Shaliach Tzibur davens Mincha fast and we may end up having to start Maariv, a few minutes before the Shekia.
Is saying the Shir Hamaalos and following pesukim, before Vehu Rachum and Kaddish part of Maariv, or can that be said even before the Shekiah?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that these verses can be said before the Shekiah. In principle the Rov maintains that Maariv refers basically to the Amida.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a