Rav Ovadia Shlit"a: Kippot Serugot are Beloved
Kikar, Ladaat, and Behadrei report that Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a clarified the remarks of Rav Shalom Cohen Shlit"a last week (the following quote is a composite of the quotes mentioned on all 3 sites):
Our Rosh Yeshiva, the Gaon Rav Shalom Cohen spoke a few words against Kippot Serugot. However, I have no doubt that he did not mean all those who wear Kipot Serugot. Does a Kippa testify about a man? Rather, his intent was about certain politicians who left the Source of life and cooperated with enemies of the Torah who made decrees against the Torah.A partial video of this can be seen on Kikar.
"Everyone else are all beloved. I had many Talmidim with Kippot Serugot, who thirstily drank my words. How is it possible not to love my students who are like spiritual children? ואהבת לרעך כמוך - they are all beloved, they are all flawless. I never differentiated between a Kippa Seruga and a black Kippa - this distinction is nothing. When I had strength, I used to give Shiurim in Yeshivot Hesder and they were happy, and I was happy that they were happy.
Also, my son, Ribbi Yitzhak, goes to Yeshivot Hesder from place to place, and they all benefit from him and his Torah. We have to love them and honor them. May it be Hashem's will that He increase for them wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, and they will go up higher and higher.
See also what Rav Amar Shlit"a said last week.
As we approach the upcoming days of judgement, may we all learn to judge our fellow Jews favorably, and treat our Torah scholars with respect.