In order to answer this question, we need to understand what is a Pharisee. The Hebrew term for Pharisee is Parush, meaning separatist. Its Greek transliteration of Pharisaios appears in the Apostolic Scriptures. The Jewish historian Josephus explains that "the Pharisees have delivered to the people a great many observances by succession from their fathers, which are not written in the law of Moses; and for that reason it is that the Saducees reject them and say that we are to steer those observances to be obligatory which are in the written word, but are not to observe what are derived from the tradition of our forefathers."
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, andhave neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.