Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner pays tribute to Lionel Blue

Rabbi Lionel Blue, one of the most well-known voices on Radio 4's Thought For The Day, has died aged 86.

Lionel was born in the East End of London in 1930, the only son of semi-orthodox parents. He became a rabbi in 1960 and revealed his homosexuality relatively late in life - the first British rabbi to come out.

Someone who knew Lionel Blue well is Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.

She told The World at One, her friend "threw out the rule book" when teaching. She also added that by being a national broadcaster who openly supported gay people he "saved lives".