Question:

1) Why does one have to take off his tallis gadol when entering a bathroom and not a tallis katan?
2) Does one need to remove his kittel before entering the bathroom?

Thank you!

Answer:

1.  The difference between the two is that a tallis katan is worn all day and considered an article of clothing, therefore we may wear it when entering the bathroom. A tallis gadol on the other hand is worn primarily when davening, therefore it is considered a garment of mitzvah.

2. One should remove his kittel before entering the bathroom.

Sources:

1. Shulchan Aruch O:CH 21-3.

2. Mishna Berura 21-14.

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