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If you’re the kind of Jew who’s ever wished you could curse in Yiddish at your otherwise wonderful WASP boyfriend, who knows nothing of your beliefs, save your breath. Next time the highly fraught topic of your religious differences comes up, hand the poor, benighted soul Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian’s Journey Through the Jewish Year, by Harvard University divinity professor Harvey Cox. Cox’s new book may seem a bit condescending to readers who don’t need a tome to explain what Channukah’s all about or who “gentiles” are. But this guide to Judaism for otherwise really smart idiots will come in handy for those Christian partners in interfaith couples who have yet to find other avenues for learning about their beloved’s religion—and, let’s face it, who could do with a course in basic Judaism that’s addressed specifically to the assumptions and worldview of American Christians. Cox reads at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Garance Franke-Ruta)