Q uestion: I’m turning bas mitzvah and will be fasting for the first time Shivah Asar B’Tammuz and Tishah B’Av. I’ve only fasted for half a day until now, and I’m really nervous. Especially since it’s summertime and these are the longest fasts of the year. How do I quell the hunger pangs so I can focus on the meaning of the day?