Rabbi Mordechai married the daughter of the great Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, after her death he married the daughter of Rabbi David Lykess who was a student of the Baal Shem Tov. From these two women he had 8 sons and one daughter. His sons became prominent rabbis and were a part of the effort in spreading Chassidut throughout Russia and the Ukraine.
Rabbi Mordechai was in charge of sustaining all the Nistarim (hidden tzaddikim) in his generation. Throughout his life R' Mordechai collected tremendous amounts of charity from people, before his death he regretted not collecting even more than he did.
His thoughts, sermons and discourses were published in his book Likutei Torah, which was praised by other famous Chassidic leaders, for its holiness.
Throughout his teachings R' Mordechai stressed the importance of pure speech and pure thought as a condition for a proper prayer connection. He also spoke of including all of the souls of Yisrael in one's prayer, even evil people. By doing so, evil people will stand a better chance of repenting (teshuvah).
Rabbi Yisrael of Rizhin named one of his sons Mordechai, while Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl was still alive, apparently in contradiction to Ashkenazi Jewish tradition which does not name children after living relatives. Asked about this, Rabbi Yisrael replied "Our uncle from Chernobyl is already a few years above this world, as if he is not in this world" Amazingly R' Mordechai of Chernobyl left the world a few years later, exactly at the same day that Mordechai (Rabbi Mordechai Faybush of Hosiatin) was born, 35th day of the Omer.
While still alive, Rabbi Mordechai prepared his place of rest on the outskirts of the village of Anatevka, near Kyiv. He selected such a place "because there is no house of idol worship, and the sound of impure bells wont disturb my rest in the grave". Indeed, his gravesite overlooks pastoral hills and the river.
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