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From the beginning of the 18th century, the Moldavian rulers granted special charters to attract Jews.
While still in Poland they were told about the advantages offered (exemption from taxes, ground for prayer houses, ritual baths, and cemeteries).
The center of the guild was in Jassy, and its head was named staroste ("senior"; Heb. In Bucharest, this function was carried out by the representative of the hakham bashi.With the exception of physicians, Jews were not accepted as witnesses in trials.In the codes of 17, the Jews are scarcely mentioned.Greek Orthodox Christianity also preached intolerance toward Jews and shaped the first codes of law: the Church laws of Moldavia and Walachia in 1640.Both proclaimed the Jews as heretics and forbade all relations with them.
In 1579, the sovereign of Moldavia, Petru Schiopul (Peter the Lame), ordered the banishment of the Jews on the grounds that they were ruining the merchants.