Should Jews be Conformists?

The following was inspired by the "The Jewish Encyclopedia of Moral and Ethical Issues" by Rabbi Nachum Amsel:

sometimes we try to be like Abraham... the first hebrew/israelite/jew.....

He was called "Hebrew" because (according to Bereishit Rabbah 42:13)
the term means that,
regarding belief and action,
the entire world was on one side
while Abraham was on the other side.
Abraham's actions and beliefs separated him from all others

"Israel" came about after Jacob fought the Angel of G-d...
they say the transformation might be understood
as his transformation from conformist to individualist.....

The first time "Jew" was used in its present context
goes back to Mordechai... in the story of Purim....
Until that story, "Jew" (Yehudi) just meant
someone from the tribe of Judah....

But Mordechai was from the tribe of Benjamin....
They say Mordechai was described as a "Jew"
because he refused to follow the norms of the Persians
and to bow down to Haman.....

They say the term "Yehudi" comes from the Hebrew word
"Yechidi" which means "individualist"....

Thus, all three names for the term "Jew" (Hebrew, Jew, Israelite) have something to do w/ the characteristic of individuality....

Therefore, a Jew should strive to be a leader, not a follower!
An individualist, not a conformist!

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