German rabbi and author; born at Posen; officiated as rabbi of Zell toward the end of the eighteenth century. He descended from a learned family which traced its pedigree to Meïr of Lublin. His father, Joseph, was rabbi of Dessau; and one of his relatives was the scholarly Isaiah Berlin. Asch wrote "Mareh Esh" (The Appearance of Fire), published posthumously by his son, Moses Jacob, in 1803. It contains critical notes on the texts of various Talmudic treatises. Probably Asch is not identical with Abraham Asch, author of "Torah Kullah" (The Whole Law), Berlin, 1796, who agitated against the custom of hasty burials.
- Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 666.