Rabbi Asher ben Yeḥiel, is usually called "Rabbeinu Asher" or "The רא"ש" (pronounced by most Israelis as "Rosh"; often in North America it is pronounced like the English word "rush"*). However, today I've stumbled across two unsourced internet references to him that call him "Asheri". How widely used is this nickname, and are there any others?

Also: How is the nickname "Asheri" used? Does it stand alone, or is it "Rav Asheri" or "HaAsheri" ("The Asheri"), or some other formulation?

*Not to be confused with Rabbi Shimshon, aka the ר"ש, whose name is often pronounced similarly.

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    Asheri is usually the glosses printed in the Rosh in the Vilna Talmud he.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Double AA
    Mar 12, 2013 at 16:16
  • @DoubleAA, ah, yes, I've seen that. Does anyone else refer to him as that, though?
    – Seth J
    Mar 12, 2013 at 16:33
  • (Who is 'him' in your last comment?)
    – Double AA
    Mar 12, 2013 at 16:35
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    They probably meant Hagos Ashrei which doubleaa mentioned ,he wrote on the Rosh and was not the Rosh himself.
    – sam
    Mar 12, 2013 at 16:41
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    @DannySchoemann, in my experience most people pronounce Rabbi Shimshon's name with a Pataḥ under the Reish, so it comes out like Räsh, as opposed to Rabbeinu Asher's name, which is pronounced with a Kametz and sounds more like Rɵsh. But thank you for your comment; see my edit.
    – Seth J
    Mar 20, 2013 at 14:03

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The name האשר"י is used for the Rosh by early Ashkenazi poskim, like the מרדכי, תרומת הדשן, רמ"א & מהרש"ל hundreds or thousands of times. See e.g., Maharam Schiff, Maharsha, Mizrachi, Rema Toras Chatas and Darkei Moshe, Maharam Alashkar, Maharshal, Mahari Weil, Sha'arei Dura and Bach, to name a few.

  • Can you link to a few instances?
    – Seth J
    Mar 20, 2013 at 17:59
  • A quick Bar Ilan search for האשר"י will do the trick. See also bhol.co.il/forum/topic.asp?topic_id=2958423&forum_id=19616
    – wfb
    Mar 21, 2013 at 21:33
  • Is the Ashri the Rosh or the notes in the rosh? Apr 12, 2013 at 21:33
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    It is the Rosh. Hagahot Ashri is the hagahot ashri--i.e., the notes on the Rosh.
    – wfb
    Apr 14, 2013 at 3:06
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    Okay, I added some links.
    – wfb
    Apr 30, 2013 at 23:13

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