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September 29, 1997

Happy New Year: The Web has plenty of sites with activities, recipes and prayers to mark Rosh Hashana, the start of the Jewish High Holy Days. The holiday also is known as the Jewish New Year. For an explanation of how Rosh Hashana is celebrated, what it means and how it came to be, check out http://www.holidays.net/highholydays/. You can sound the shofar, an instrument usually made from a ram's horn, at the Jewish Magnes Museum's site (http://www.jfed.org/magnes/shofar.htm). The site has sound clips of shofar calls and a section on the significance of the shofar. At the Rosh Hashana Web Page Site (http://www.joi.org/edutain/rosh/), you can read about Rosh Hashana traditions and stories and get related links.

* Eat Green: What better way to celebrate World Vegetarian Day on Wednesday than by checking out vegetarian recipes on the Web? The Crazy Vegetarian can be found at http://www.crazyveg.com/splash.html; point your browser to http://www.goodstuffonline.com for Good Stuff Online; and the Vegetarian Resource Center (http://www.tiac.net/users/vrc/index.htm) also has links to vegetarian discussion groups and sites.

* World Leaders: Even though the Insights World Conference is being held in San Diego, you can listen in on speeches by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Hong Kong Gov. Christopher Patten and author Maya Angelou. This year's conference is being broadcast live on the Web on Saturday morning at both http://www.enen.com and http://www.insightsworldconf.com. The Insights World Conference is a leadership forum whose purpose is to educate the business community about geopolitical, informational, societal and technological issues. Starting Friday, Insights' Tour of Technology will also be Webcast. Speakers will include Sony Electronics President and Chief Executive Carl Yankowski and Dilbert creator Scott Adams.

* Computing Q&A: Microsoft will host daily discussions on computer hardware and software issues for 23 days in October. Experts will be online to answer user questions on topics such as Windows 95, Web site building, desktop publishing and portable machines. To join the chats, go to http://www.microsoft.com/magazine and click on "Get Answers From Microsoft Experts."

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