Question: How does Kabbalah relate to the death penalty? Should there be a death penalty for murder?
Answer: As a deterrent, yes. It was used this way in ancient times. The death sentence was passed once every 70 years, and it was considered a brutal trial. Imagine how rarely this was used!
The death penalty, as such, should exist. A person should understand that other corrections are possible. The execution is not just death, but it also cuts you off from the opportunity to correct yourself because it means we do not want you to achieve correction in this life, with our help, in connection with us. This is, of course, terrible! And it is a whole system.
It may seem to someone that I am saying rather ordinary things. In fact, Kabbalah implies to these things huge layers of influence, education, and decision-making. Moreover, decisions are made by the whole society. The trial should be public and in no case private.
Today, various trial scenes are shown on television. But this is theater! Instead, everything should be in practice. People should take an active part in the education of members of society and definitely including schoolchildren. But, of course, this is a matter of the future.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Presumption of innocence” 3/10/10