8 October 2008 is Yom Kippur, a Jewish High Holy Day.
This date changes every year because the date on the Jewish calendar is 10 Tishrei 5768. Next year, 10 Tishrei 5769 falls on 27 September 2009.
Yom Kippur traced back to the beginning at Leviticus 23:27 calls for Atonement and Repentance.
This can only be done by first recognizing what wrong we have done. Seeking out the person or persons we have harmed. Amending the situation caused by our wrong. Resolving to correct our behavior.
This is the true nature of atonement and repentance.
The day is spent fasting while in prayer and contemplation.
The rigors of the day are meant to realign ourselves.