• What Richard Holbrooke’s last words really were, with context. [Ben Smith]
• Around the country, there is a renewed emphasis on strictly observing Jewish burial practices. [NYT]
• Kissinger’s response to the “gas chambers” remark is something less even than a non-apology apology. The quotations “must be viewed in the context of the time,” he said. [JTA]
• Jack Abramoff’s pizza-making days are over. Which is a shame, because he was apparently good at it! [AP]
• You’re not going to believe this, but, according to statistics, pseudo-Jew Amar’e Stoudemire plays better than average during Hanukkah. [Alone in the Green Room]
• Should Jews own Christmas trees? (#slatepitches.) Contributing editor Mark Oppenheimer debates. [Slate]
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.