Question: Does punishment exist in Kabbalah?
Answer: In Kabbalah, unlike in our world, all problems have to be solved in the middle line. The purulent tumor has to be opened and treated until it becomes a normal and healthy organism.
Question: But in our world we still have courts, prisons, etc.?
Answer: They do not solve anything. We see how prison does not help at all. People are isolated from society. What is the use? It is not a correction. A prison should be a system of a person’s correction. It should not work in the form of punishment.
Remark: Baal HaSulam writes that punishment is a reproach from society.
My Comment: Yes, but only if the society is prepared to treat a transgressor in a way that he would feel as an outcast. Then it will indeed become his correction.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/17/2017