I am looking to purchase a set of Mishna Berura and wanted to know what the difference is between these two versions: Mishna Berura Oz v'Hadar and Mishna Berura Dirshu. Which would you recommend and why specifically?

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    What are you looking to do with the book? Beikut? Iyun? Those and more may have different answers. I don't know how anyone could recommend something to you without more information for what you are looking for. – Double AA Oct 4 '13 at 21:31
  • @DoubleAA I will most likely be using the Sefer to help with school as there times when I need to learn something from it. Recommendation aside, what are the main differences between the two? – Bochur613 Oct 4 '13 at 21:35
  • Mishna Berura Oz Wehadar is very Makpid to bring every exact source in literally every citation. Mishna Berura Dirshu doesn't have that previous idea but it brings interesting interpretations and additions from the later and contemporary authorities on Halacha. – Hacham Gabriel Oct 4 '13 at 21:36
  • @HachamGabriel do you by any chance know which Perushim the Mishna Berura Dirshu has that the Oz v'Hadar doesn't? – Bochur613 Oct 4 '13 at 21:39
  • @Bochur613 there are no specific perushim in dirshu, it just brings sources and interpretations on the mishna berura on the daf e.g. it will bring a Psak from Rav Shlomo Zalman on the Halacha on the daf. – Hacham Gabriel Oct 4 '13 at 21:41

The Mishna Berura Oz WeHadar that it is split into many volumes has these features:

  • Biurim- explanation of the words of the Shulhan Aruch, Rama, and Mishna Berura including the relevant sources from the Gemara and Rishonim.
  • Biurei HaHalacha- explanation of the words of the Biurei Halacha includingthe relevant sources from the Gemara and Rishonim.
  • Tsiyunim Vehearot- notes and comments and some Pilpul in the Poskim
  • Mishnat Shaar Hasiyon- clarifying the opinions in the Shaar Hasiyun
  • Kisur Biur Halacha - summary of the Biur Halacha
  • Likute Poskim - Pesakim from the Shulhan Aruch HaRav and Hazon Ish

The Mishna Berura Dirshu will bring explanation and comments on the Daf of Mishna Berura but it is not at all an in depth explanation like the Mishna Berura Oz WeHadar. So if you have the money and are interested in a real limud in the Mishna Berura take the Oz Wehadar. If you just one want to learn Mishna Berura regularly (which isn't Has Weshalom bad) with a few nice notes from the later Aharonim and the bringing of the places where the Mishna Berura writes "Ayen Sham" take the Dirshu.

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    The Oz WeHadar has the Tsiyunim Vehearot? Not the Siyunim Wehearot? – Double AA Oct 6 '13 at 16:12
  • @DoubleAA aha you got me. But I wrote that one specifically like that because I didn't think people would understand the latter. – Hacham Gabriel Oct 6 '13 at 18:23

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