The theme of the remnant recurs importantly in Jewish contexts. The Jews themselves are a remnant of the twelve tribes of Israel. Noah and his progeny are a remnant of Creation. The Western Wall is a remnant of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Post-war Jews see themselves as a remnant of the millions who perished in the Holocaust.
I wonder about the psychoanalytic meaning of this preoccupation with creative remnants. Is this preoccupation suggestive of the depressive position that, according to Melanie Klein, follows from the “catastrophe” of the paranoid-schizoid position?
Perhaps we can see these themes in my book The Emerald Archive. The Shirazis in New York are a remnant of Iranian Jewry. Perhaps Esther Shirazi’s depression is symbolic. Is depression the Jewish disease?