I have noticed in BaMidbor 33:29 that the 25th stop that the Bnei Yisroel made in the Midbor according to Sidra Mas'ei was called Chashmonah. Chanukah starts on the 25th Kislev and (besides other things) celebrates the victory of the Chasmona'im. My question is two-fold: Is the significance of this in relation to Chanukah brought down in any meforshim? - Please provide sources. Secondly, was this actually a real place and if so, where?

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    Why would you think this is not a real place?
    – Double AA
    Dec 19, 2016 at 17:01
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    Isn't Chashmonah the 26th stop? It is only mentioned in Bamidbar 33, so I counted the list there twice... Also, why חשמונה (with a closing ה) and not the more Aramaic spelling the family used: חשמונאים (with an א). Dec 20, 2016 at 19:47
  • @MichaBerger From what I saw, חשמונה is 26th if you also count רעמסס, which is debatable, because that's where they started from.
    – Harel13
    Feb 22, 2021 at 18:44

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This connection is brought here on the Wikishiva page, as well as various other pages, as seen in this google search result.

The earliest source that I saw that actually brings this down is quite recent, the Sefer Hatoda'ah by R. Eliyahu Ki Tov (~60 years ago). The Google books search result here shows a couple of other sefarim as well.

Chashmona is indeed a real place. The Torah says that Benei Yisrael camped there! Here is a website with a couple of maps of the Masa'os, and you can see exactly where it is. Alternatively, the Google images search here has some other maps, although not all of the search results are actually maps of the Masaos.

*The moral of the story is that Googling can solve all of your problems.

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