Can anyone help me find the origin of the story recorded here:

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson instructed a ba’al teshuvah (returner to Judaism) whose name was Nimrod (נִמְרוֹד; meaning “Let us rebel”), that there was no need for him to change his name. Despite the fact that the Biblical Nimrod was the image of a negative rebel who rebelled against the Almighty, the modern Nimrod must now utilize this quality of rebelliousness positively and rebel against the counterfeit conventions of the world at large.

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According to the Israeli Chabad website, the person in question is R' Nimrod Chefetz who recounted this story during an interview at Chabad Online. His account is brought here.

  • in that firsthand account, the Rebbe did not give a reason, just said there is no reason to change it.
    – Menachem
    Commented Sep 30, 2022 at 15:23
  • @Menachem Correct. And then R' Nimrod added a suggestion for the reasoning. This seems to have evolved into the version that appears in the Q's sources.
    – Harel13
    Commented Oct 1, 2022 at 16:48

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