|A story of the Rebbe #92 - Don't Do What Everyone Else Does|
A group of bar mitzvah boys who were attending a religious school once had a yechidus with the Rebbe. The Rebbe asked them if they would continue on to yeshiva after the end of the current school year, and the boys answered that they would not. When the Rebbe asked why not, one of the boys replied that none of the young men in their area studied in yeshiva.
The Rebbe asked the boy what he had last learned in school. The boy replied that he had learned about Noach and the Flood. The Rebbe remarked, "If that's so, you must know that the reason why the world still exists is because Noach didn?t just follow what everyone around him was doing."
The Rebbe then asked another boy what he had most recently studied. This boy answered that he had been learning about Avraham Avinu. Here, the Rebbe replied, "Then you must surely be aware that the reason why the Jewish people exists at all is because Avraham didn?t do what everyone else around him did!"
Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine