Way back in 1998, on MBD's "English Collection," he published a song titled "Daddy Dear" depicting a dialogue between a son and his father regarding a cup Hashem supposedly has in Shamayim into which He cries when the Bnei Yisrael are hurt. When the cup is full, we will be redeemed. The song ends with a plea from the father-son duo that the cup should finally be filled and our tzaros completed.

Is there a Midrash or Gemara behind this song? Is there any basis to it other than a mashal the songwriter came up with to explain why we haven't been redeemed yet - that our metaphorical cup of tzaros hasn't runneth over?

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    At least we know the source for the tune and the opening words. Google Cab Calloway and 'Little child'. – user6591 Aug 18 '16 at 19:20
  • The tune goes back even further. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, he got it from an old French song. (Well, I suppose Wikipedia isn't all-knowing; after all, if it was, StackExchange wouldn't exist.) – DonielF Aug 19 '16 at 4:24

I’ve found a source at least for the part that Hashem has a cup which He fills with our tears. Tehillim 56:9 reads, in part:

אָ֥תָּה שִׂ֣ימָה דִמְעָתִ֣י בְנֹאדֶ֑ךָ

You place my tears in Your flask


שימה דמעתי בנאדך. שים דמעתי בנאד שלך ותהא שמורה לפניך:

Place my tears in Your flask, that they should be guarded before You.

I still have yet to find a source that our redemption is tied to this cup, but that’s a pretty clear source that such a cup exists.

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