The family emigrated to Israel when he was three. He grew up in Ramat Hasharon. While he was preparing a ktovet esh fire inscription for a traditional nighttime ceremony, the flammable materials he was mixing exploded, causing third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body.
There are about one hundred and thirty Greek manuscripts containing the Infancy Gospel of James, but the vast majority of these come from the tenth century or later. The manuscript dates to the third century; however, according to Cameron, "many of its readings seem to be secondary. The mythical element of birth in a cave, for example, is an extracanonical also known to Justin Martyr.