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Despite suggesting that Steve Jobs was a Moses of consumerism who had brought sadness to the world, Britain's Chief Rabbi uses an iPad every day and has no criticism at all to make of Apple's contribution to technology, said the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

The statement emailled to the Reg was intended to clarify the religious leader's position on Apple after we reported on his speech about consumerism given to an audience including the Queen (head of the Anglican faith) last week.

In the speech, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was reported as saying that Jobs had contributed to an "i, i, i" society, comparing the iPad and iPad 2 unfavourably to the tablets that Moses brought down from the mountain.

“The consumer society was laid down by the late Steve Jobs coming down the mountain with two tablets, iPad one and iPad two, and the result is that we now have a culture of iPod, iPhone, iTunes, i, i, i."

Consumer ethics makes us want what we don't have instead of enjoying what we do, said Sacks.

But turns out the Rabbi is no Windows XP holdout, he just wanted to put a point out about consumerism:

The Chief Rabbi meant no criticism of either Steve Jobs personally or the contribution Apple has made to the development of technology in the 21st century. He admires both and indeed uses an iPhone and an iPad on a daily basis. The Chief Rabbi was simply pointing out the potential dangers of consumerism when taken too far.

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