Seinfeld was the most popular show on television in the late 1990s, and it was also arguably the most Jewish show on the air at the time. Though Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer rarely discussed Judaism outright (excusing the famous “Anti-Dentite” episode) they lived in a world (the Upper West Side) heavily marinated in Jewish culture. From the marble rye, to the black and white cookie, to the episode simply titled, “The Bris,” Seinfeld—both the person and the show—came to symbolize a certain kind of Jewish life.
And now, those symbols of Jerry’s kind of Judaism are coming to a very small screen near you—your phone. Seinfeld emojis are ready for you to download. There are faces of the central cast members (plus George’s parents, Newman, and David Puddy), and emojis for marble rye, pretzels, Junior Mints, a puffy shirt, even Newman’s mail truck. We’ve heard that more might be forthcoming, including a Festivus pole, the Soup Nazi, and Tom’s Restaurant.
You no longer have to yadda yadda yadda everything in your texts. That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!
July 22, 2014