The halakhic disagreements between the community and the Pharisees are discussed, from the point of view of the Essenes, in 4 QMMT. On every single halakhic point, the Pharisees are described as taking the more lenient point of view, whereas the Essenes, in the Sadducaic tradition, promote an uncompromising, rigorous interpretation along the lines of the priestly heritage. One particularly interesting aspect of Pharisaic halakha is its leniency in matters of ritual purity. The Essenes ruled that the whole of the city of Jerusalem was to be understood as the 'holy camp' of Lev. 4: the temple is the 'tent of meeting', 'Jerusalem is the "camp". Hence, purity laws relating to the 'holy camp' have to be enforced in the entire city of Jerusalem. The majority of the Pharisees did not support the war effort. Their traditional, quietistic attitude prevented them from getting too deeply involved in the rebellion; this eventually saved their lives and ensured the survival of Pharisaism.